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Climate of the Agua Fria Basin

Climate data from NOAA/NWS Co-op Network stations are complied in Table 5.1-1 and the locations are shown on Figure 5.1-3.  Figure 5.1-3 also shows precipitation contour data from the Spatial Climate Analysis Service (SCAS) at Oregon State University.  The Agua Fria Basin does not contain Evaporation Pan, AZMET or SNOTEL/Snowcourse stations.  More detailed information on climate in the planning area is found in Section 5.0.3.  A description of the climate data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A. For a link to the climate data source web page click its header.

NOAA/NWS Coop Network

  • Refer to Table 5.1-1A
  • There are three NOAA/NWS Co-op network climate stations in the basin.  The average monthly maximum temperature occurs in July at all stations and ranges between 72.6°F at Crown King and  88.8°F at Castle Hot Springs.  The average monthly minimum temperature occurs in January and ranges between 53.2°F at Castle Hot Springs and 37.4°F at Crown King.

  • Highest average seasonal rainfall occurs in the winter (January – March) at two of the three stations.  For the period of record used, the highest annual rainfall is 28.41 inches at Crown King and the lowest is 15.47 inches at Castle Hot Springs.


SCAS Precipitation Data

  • See Figure 5.1-3
  • Additional precipitation data shows rainfall as high as 32 inches south of Crown King and as low as 10 inches at the southernmost tip of the basin. 

Click to view Table 5.1-1

Click for Table 5.1-1 Climate Data for the Agua Fria Basin

Click to view Figure 5.1-3

Click for Figure 5.1-3 Agua Fria Basin

Meteorological Stations and Annual Precipitation


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