Bowie, Arizona

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Bowie is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Cochise County, Arizona. As of the 2010 U.S. Census the population of Bowie was 449.[1]

It was named after Fort Bowie.

Location and nearby communities[edit]

The community lies on Interstate 10 in eastern Arizona close to the western New Mexico border. The community is in the west of the San Simon Valley, as well as the northeast foothills of the Dos Cabezas Mountains. On Interstate 10, Willcox, Arizona at the Willcox Playa lies west-southwest; San Simon, AZ and Road Forks-Lordsburg, New Mexico lie east.

Information[edit]

Bowie has the ZIP Code of 85605; in 2010, the population of the 85605 ZCTA was 449.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Bowie, Arizona was put on the map when it was revealed that it was action icon John Rambo's hometown. This was first unveiled in the second film, later elaborated on in the third film and in the fourth film, Bowie was seen on screen for the first time. Sylvester Stallone has stated that a fifth film is set to take place entirely in Bowie and the Mexican Border.

Bowie native Clyde William "Bill" Allen was the father of Tucson's famous 4-star Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who managed Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and the BP Gulf oil spill. [3]

Climate[edit]

Bowie has a borderline semi-arid/desert climate (Köppen BSk/BWk/BSh/BWh) with very hot summers punctuated by monsoon rains, and mild, generally dry winters with cold nights. Typically there are 26.9 days topping 100 °F or 37.8 °C and 119 days over 90 °F or 32.2 °C, which only a few days with unusually heavy rain failing to top this mark during the summer. In the winter, there are typically 63.6 nights falling below freezing, with the all-time record low being 3 °F (−16.1 °C) on December 9, 1978 – though the dryness means only one day every three or four winters will fail to top freezing, and only 6.4 days per winter will not top 50 °F or 10 °C. The average snowfall is 2.6 inches or 0.07 metres, but the median is zero so that most winters do not have measurable falls, though 8.7 inches (0.22 m) fell in January 1978.

Since 1899 the wettest calendar year has been 1914 with 19.96 inches (507.0 mm) and the driest 1956 with 3.01 inches (76.5 mm), whilst the wettest month has been July 1919 with 6.38 inches (162.1 mm),[4]and the wettest day October 30 of 1951 with 2.75 inches (69.9 mm).

Climate data for Bowie, Arizona (1971-2000; extremes 1899-2001)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
(28)
88
(31)
98
(37)
99
(37)
110
(43)
115
(46)
116
(47)
110
(43)
110
(43)
105
(41)
96
(36)
80
(27)
116
(47)
Average high °F (°C) 60.5
(15.8)
65.8
(18.8)
72.0
(22.2)
79.9
(26.6)
88.1
(31.2)
97.4
(36.3)
97.1
(36.2)
94.2
(34.6)
90.3
(32.4)
80.1
(26.7)
68.5
(20.3)
60.2
(15.7)
79.5
(26.4)
Average low °F (°C) 31.9
(−0.1)
35.1
(1.7)
39.3
(4.1)
44.8
(7.1)
53.1
(11.7)
62.2
(16.8)
68.0
(20)
66.1
(18.9)
60.3
(15.7)
49.1
(9.5)
37.5
(3.1)
31.7
(−0.2)
48.3
(9.1)
Record low °F (°C) 4
(−16)
9
(−13)
14
(−10)
22
(−6)
28
(−2)
36
(2)
49
(9)
44
(7)
30
(−1)
24
(−4)
15
(−9)
3
(−16)
3
(−16)
Average rainfall inches (mm) 1.02
(25.9)
0.84
(21.3)
0.66
(16.8)
0.27
(6.9)
0.41
(10.4)
0.49
(12.4)
2.02
(51.3)
2.22
(56.4)
1.04
(26.4)
1.35
(34.3)
0.76
(19.3)
1.26
(32)
12.34
(313.4)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.01 inch) 5.4 5.1 4.2 2.0 2.5 2.7 9.3 9.2 5.3 4.9 3.4 4.8 58.8
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Website Services & Coordination Staff(WSCS). "2010 Census Interactive Population Search". Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  2. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=Search&_zip=85605
  3. ^ "Wilma and Clyde Allen". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Western Regional Climate Center; BOWIE, ARIZONA: Period of Record General Climate Summary
  5. ^ "Climatography of the United States No. 20: BOWIE, AZ (020958)" (PDF). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2012.  Retrieved on July 25, 2015.

Coordinates: 32°19′35″N 109°29′13″W / 32.32639°N 109.48694°W / 32.32639; -109.48694