The unusually wet late-spring weather pattern of 2015 continues, as the remnants of Hurricane Andres are winding down with a few final showers in the northern and eastern parts of the state today and perhaps tomorrow.
However, the Mogollon Rim, Clint’s Well, and Mormon Lake areas did better, with more than 2 inches of rain in some places. Those few of you who are sick and tired of fire morels might take a look at those sites next week for early-season fruiters like Pleurotus pulmonarius, Polyporus squamosus, Flammulina populicola, or Neolentinus ponderosus.
All of this may be a prelude to one of the earliest summer monsoon seasons ever. Hurricane Blanca is now a Category 4 storm threatening Baja California, and as it hits land and dissipates, the currently predicted storm track takes its remnants directly over Arizona.
Multiple days of thunderstorms and perfect temperatures for morel growth are predicted. Some areas of the state may see more than 4 inches of rain by Wednesday 10 June, with storms continuing throughout the weekend of 13-14 June. Take a look at today’s forecast for the coming week at Greer:
Moreover, it appears that a third tropical storm may now be forming in the Northeast Pacific off the west coast of Mexico. It seems practically certain that the next few weeks are going to be good for mushroom collectors. I’m beginning to wonder if we are going to be collecting boletes and chanterelles before the beginning of July!
Let us hope that this atypical weather pattern continues through the summer, and does not poop out during our usual monsoon season in July and August. The best long term predictions suggest we are in good shape for the whole season:
The Arizona Mushroom Club chose not to call a group morel foray for this weekend, which in retrospect seems wise. I am hearing that although there are still some morels to be found, the flush from the most recent storms of late May has been pretty thoroughly picked over by now, and many of those that are left are getting old and tired.
Given this encouraging weather forecast, however, the prospects for a club foray the following weekend (13-14 June) seem pretty good. We will likely hear of it by Tuesday or Wednesday next week, if so. Nothing is cast in stone, but you may want to clear your docket for the weekend in anticipation of meeting us up there.