Tombstone AZ Weather

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Weather patterns in Tombstone Arizona are typical of the American Southwestern Deserts. There just isn't that much rain! And even less snow!

The weather in Tombstone is the result of a micro-climate of the Chihuahuan Desert. It is semi-arid = quite dry. The rain patterns are that of the desert. Typical weather systems and rainy seasons occur on a yearly basis.

Monsoon Storm in Tombstone ArizonaTombstone Monsoon Thunderstorm on Allen Street - It Seemed a Deluge!

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The Monsoon Season is the time when Tombstone AZ weather is dramatic! We experience amazing thunderstorms. Rain can come down in a deluge. And it doesn't always last that long. Then you'll watch for gorgeous rainbows - they often appear, even doubling!

Tombstone AZ weather starts a rainbow over a stagecoach and horse trailerA Rainbow is Forming After a Monsoon Storm

Consider Tombstone AZ weather when you do your vacation planning. When you are coming into town for some of the sparky Tombstone Events, it is certainly helpful to know what to expect from the weather in Tombstone Arizona.

April into June is about the driest time of year. Usually little to no rain. But you are going to be heading into some of the hotter days of the year. The spring often has annoying windy days - a local radio disc jockey often refers to it as "stinkin' wind." Autumn and winter really can be your ideal times for weather, in general. Although we say - anytime of the year has its ideal weather. Just wait for a better time of day, or a little while later, or tomorrow! Or plan a day accordingly, for the weather's effects.

Other areas near-by Tombstone, such as the Huachuca Mountains and the Chiricahua Mountains, have a different semi-desert biome. They have an environmental characteristic unique to the location. In particular, it's related to elevation.

There is a typical winter "rainy" season. Winter storms come in from the Pacific. They can reach Arizona and bring rain. In the highest elevations, like in the Huachuca Mountains, snow falls.

Snow atop the Huachuca MountainsSnow-capped Huachuca Mountains - Viewed from the Sierra Vista Mall

On occasion the snow can even reach the desert floor. Typically January, February & March get the most storms. Take a look at the photo here - just below, compliments of Brian Joe Jones. A memorable and rare occasion, because that was December 5th!  

Keep in mind, all this precipitation only totals just over 16 inches in the Tombstone area. That is the Cochise County yearly average!

So... safe to say, not much worry about spoiling any outdoor plans. But enough to generally keep desert plants happy.


Tombstone AZ Weather Forecast


Weather & the Sun

Tombstone Arizona sunset with trees in foregroundA Tombstone AZ Sunset

When the time is right, you can see absolutely gorgeous sunrises and sunsets when you're in Tombstone. I believe the deserts of Arizona have the best sunsets in the world. I know we haven't seen all the world's sunsets! But in Tombstone, the sunsets (and sunrises) must rival for the top spot... for sure!

Add variable storm clouds amidst the sunset - that adds another glowing, thrilling atmosphere to it...

Red sunriseRed Sunrise in the Desert!

There is a boating or naval saying:

  • Red sky at morning - Sailor take warning. 
  • Red sky at night - Sailors' delight!

It's said to predict oncoming rain storms! Does that apply here in the Arizona desert? Not necessarily so!

When we see these gorgeous shades of red in the morning sunrise, it's not a predictor for the Tombstone AZ weather! It's the clear, clean, fresh air that causes these great photo-ops.

But are you skeptical about that? You can check into it a bit more if you'd like: here is The Scientific Explanation>

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Sunrise in Tombstone AZ in February 2018How About this Sunrise I took From Our Front Window February 2018

You can be confident when you see these wonderful views... Don't necessarily worry about the weather interrupting your plans! Instead, review the whole Weather Report! So you can make your plans.


Tombstone AZ Weather Precautions

Weigh up some practical advice if it's Monsoon season. Just be Aware! Is the Tombstone AZ weather report predicting thunderstorms? Maybe this is a day to plan an indoor activity. At least don't plan to be out in the wilderness! 

If a thunderstorm does come in, remember there are basic essentials for lightning safety. It's good to know precautions ahead of time. Another preventive measure is being aware of flash floods. That includes not driving into "washes" that cross over roadways. Have a look at what can happen:

Tombstone AZ is in the desert, of course, so remember desert weather conditions. Particularly in the summer. People have died from the heat, and not bringing enough water with them. You definitely need adequate hydration - remember this "dry heat."


The Beauty of AZ Weather Patterns

Tombstone AZ weather is not something to disregard. Just use your knowledge of it intelligently.

Whatever the Tombstone AZ weather forecast tells you, it will still be a great day to plan your activities. You just cannot go wrong with a trip to Tombstone AZ! We even have some suggestions on how to plan your Tombstone trip, while keeping Tombstone AZ weather in mind. Get our Trip Planning Tips> which will help with that.

And remember to try some other surrounding area, like a nearby Ghost Town. It all comes down to the consideration of weather being quite cooperative, when you have a knowledge of it. Most of us in Arizona love and appreciate our weather patterns, our very special seasons. Especially our Monsoon. If you're here in July or August, you may get to appreciate the Monsoon's Beauty>


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