As February progresses, things start warming up in the low deserts of Arizona, and the procession of rainy winter storms moving in from the Pacific starts to wind down, soon to grind to a halt. There is still some moisture left behind, however, held in cold storage as it were, high in the mountains that make up the Sky Islands. The water, in the form of ice and snow, is released gradually and helpsĀ to tide the land over until the arrival of the summer monsoons. This February photograph is from Bear Wallow at 8,000 feet in the Santa Catalina Mountains.