Tucson is 2410 feet above sea level which gives it a drier and slightly cooler climate that Phoenix, 100 miles to the north.

The geographical location of Tucson is 3208'N latitude and 11057'W longitude. 

Desert Climate

Tucson is a desert climate, where the evaporation from plants and solie is much greater than the precipitation.  On average Tucson only receives 12" of rain a year.  Tucson is a desert because of a number of factors, its low elevation, and the ract that it is far from oceans or seas.  Most of the air flows from the Pacific Ocean.

Tucson Temperature Chart
Average temparatures in Tuscon

Tucson has a relatively mild climate all year round which makes it a popular place for vacations in the winter months.  Summer can be very hot.

July and August are the months where the rainfall is highest, and the rain falls in sudden thunderstorms which turn dry riverbeds into raging torrents in minutes.

Driving through Tucson in the dry season you may be suprised by the number of signs saying 'Do not enter when the road is flooded'.

Some tourists are attracted to Tucson especially to experience the summer monsoons.  Take care if you go at this time of year though - they are not joking about flooded roads.  And don't expect sympathy from the locals if you ignore the signs!

Tucson Annual Rainfall
Bird on Saquaro Cactus
Tucson Climate
Driving through flooded roads
Tucson lightning
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