The National Weather Service office in Flagstaff has issued a warning for a strong storm with flooding from now until late Tuesday. The mountains of northern, central, and eastern Arizona will be particularly affected. Music to a mycophile’s ears, of course, but be careful out there. Flooding, poor visibility, hail, wind and lightning could make for an unpleasantly eventful trip if you are not cautious and well-equipped.
After this storm passes, there is expected to be an extended warming and drying period of a week or more, perhaps the deepest and longest dry spell since the start of the monsoon season. Boletes and other edible fungi have been found in only moderate quantitates thus far this year, and the rest of the week and coming weekend will very likely give us the best mushrooming conditions of the season. After that, the hunting may become rather poor if the rains do not return in force before temperatures begin to cool in mid-September. If you’re only going to make one foray this year, make it in the coming week…
Speaking of which, I intend to leave tomorrow morning (Tuesday 8/26) for a short foray to the high country, returning Wednesday evening. We will probably go up to the Mogollon Rim, but may change the destination if other areas of rainfall appear more promising. If anyone wishes to carpool with me from the Valley, or meet me in the field, I would be glad for the company. If you already know me, contact me directly, or use our Zimride board where I have posted a ride-sharing event.
We had a great four days in Telluride last week, and then another good foray with the Arizona Mushroom Club last weekend. Reports and pictures coming soon!