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Weather Service predicts very warm spring for Valley

PHOENIX -- The last 90 days of weather in the Valley have been a blend of about everything: record heat and cold in January and record rainfall.

The high country had a series of snowstorms that dumped several feet of snow which is well on the way toward melting off because of the warmer temperatures.

Chris Kuhlman with the National Weather Service said he expects temperatures this spring to be above normal.

"We will definitely see a few days of 100 degrees in April. We already hit 95 last week."

Not only will springtime be a bit warmer than usual, it will be drier.

"We have about another month to get any weather systems in here with rain," said Kuhlman. "Typically it is rare to get rainfall in the month of May."

Kuhlman said Phoenix can expect an atypically hot summertime. Last year, the Valley had one of the top 10 hottest summers on record.

The all-time record high in Phoenix was 122 degrees on June 26, 1990. The Valley came close to reaching that mark July 2, 2011 when it was 118.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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