I am claiming that Prescott and Yavapai County Arizona has the best weather in the whole country. After all, we are one of the few places in the country where we truly have five seasons. (Of course, this is counting our Monsoon Season which generally runs from early July into September.)

Here is a record of climate information that proves it.

PRESCOTT FAA AIRPORT, ARIZONA (026801)

Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary. Period of Record : 7/ 2/1948 to 3/31/2013

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max Temp (F) 50.6 54.4 60.2 67.9 76.6 86.2 89.3 86.9 83.5 73.7 61.1 52.2 70.2
Average Min Temp (F) 23.7 25.8 30.4 37.1 44.7 53.7 61.5 59.4 53.0 41.5 30.9 24.3 40.5
Average Precipitation (in.) 0.94 0.72 0.77 0.54 0.29 0.45 2.79 2.64 1.08 0.81 0.67 1.09 12.78
Average SnowFall (in.) 5.0 2.3 3.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.9 3.8 15.9
Average Snow Depth (in.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Percent of possible observations for period of record. Max. Temp.: 95.3% Min. Temp.: 95.3% Precipitation: 95.3% Snowfall: 95.3% Snow Depth: 95.3%. Check Station Metadata or Metadata graphics for more detail about data completeness.Western Regional Climate Center, wrcc@dri.edu

Notice that the average annual maximum temperature in the Prescott Area is 70.2 degrees with a high monthly maximum temperature of 90 degrees. The average annual minimum  temperature is 40.5 degrees and the minimum with a minimum monthly temperature of 23.7 degrees in January.If that is not impressive to you, consider that we typically have 300 days of sunshine in Prescott. Over one-third of our annual precipitation happens in our monsoon season of July, August and September. I counted Monsoon season as season number five. It is my favorite season because of the big fluffy clouds we have in the Prescott area then. With less than 20 inches of precipitation, Prescott and Yavapai County is definitely high desert. Because our climate is quite dry here we do not have many BUGS here, either.

Incidentally, the locals pronounce Prescott as “Preskitt” to rhyme with “biscuit.”

Just for comparison, here is the same summary for Phoenix.

PHOENIX CITY, ARIZONA (026486)

Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary. Period of Record : 7/ 1/1948 to 12/31/1998

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max Temp (F) 66.6 71.1 76.0 84.8 93.3 102.9 105.2 103.6 99.3 89.3 76.1 67.7 86.3
Average Min Temp (F) 42.8 46.0 50.2 57.4 65.4 74.1 80.5 79.3 73.3 62.2 49.6 43.1 60.3
Average Precipitation (in.) 0.90 0.78 0.98 0.29 0.13 0.08 0.83 1.10 0.65 0.69 0.61 0.91 7.95
Average SnowFall (in.) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Average Snow Depth (in.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Percent of possible observations for period of record. Max. Temp.: 89.8% Min. Temp.: 89.7% Precipitation: 90% Snowfall: 90.1% Snow Depth: 90%. Check Station Metadata or Metadata graphics for more detail about data completeness.
Western Regional Climate Center, wrcc@dri.edu

Notice that Phoenix gets NO Snow (on average). Also, the average maximum temperature in Phoenix in July is 105.2 degrees, which is 15.9 degrees hotter than in Prescott. The average minimum temperature in Phoenix in January is 42.8 degrees which is 19.1 degrees warmer than in Prescott.