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Here Is Some Information About Our Great State - ARIZONA!

Geographically, Arizona is very diverse.  You can be playing in the snow in the morning and be hiking in the desert heat by lunchtime.  Why is that?  Well, it mostly has to do with elevation.  Depending on where you are in Arizona, you are in one of six climatic zones, generally defined by elevation.  Each zone is distinct, has its own flora and fauna types, and is beautiful in its own way.  Here's some information on the zones.  There may be a pop quiz.

The Six Climatic Zones of Arizona

Lower Sonoran Zone

This is where the Webers live!  This zone extends from sea level to about 4,500 feet. This zone, which contains much of the Sonoran Desert, is what most people think of when you say Arizona and is the zone that receives less than 10 inches of rain per year.  This zone is the lower desert, home of saguaros and cholla cacti, palo verde and mesquite trees, coyotes, and heat, lots and lots of heat.

The temperature here in our part of the Lower Sonoran Zone is now:

Weather Forecast
Upper Sonoran Zone
From about 4,500 feet to 6,500 feet, this zone typically receives between 8 inches and 20 inches of rain per year.  The Upper Sonoran Zone flora includes scrub pine, juniper, pinion, along with some small oaks.  This zone makes a great escape from the desert heat.

Transition Zone

From about 6,500 to 8,000 feet in elevation, this zone receives between 18 inches and 26 inches of precipitation per year.  This is the terrain found on the Mogollon Rim and near Flagstaff.  It includes douglas fir and oak trees.  The largest stand of ponderosa pines in the U.S. is found in this region.  It extends east from Williams, AZ to the New Mexico border.

Canadian Zone

Between 8,000 feet and 9,500 feet elevation, the Canadian Zone receives 25 inches to 30 inches annually of precipitation. This zone includes aspen, fir, and spruce trees. This zone is usually damp and cool.

Hudsonian Zone

From 9,500 feet up to 11,500. You'll find fir, spruce, and some pine here.  The tree line ends near the top of this zone.  Guaranteed to be cold!  Annual precipitation is between 30 inches and 35 inches.

Alpine Zone
Above the timberline on the San Fransisco Peaks (11,500 feet to the top of Mount Humphreys at 12,643 feet)!  This is above the tree line. You will find species of plants that grow nowhere else in the world.  However, this zone can have arctic weather just like the tundra, so be careful!  Annually, this zone recceives between 33 inches and 40 inches of precipitation.  This zone is typically snow covered from late November to early April.
 
Here are some quick facts and useful links for all your Arizona information needs!