Meteorologists at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service get fooled a lot of the time by weather conditions.

But forecasting the weather in Phoenix is not a snap either, according to David M. Carpenter, who became deputy meteorologist in charge of the Phoenix office effective Oct. 21.Carpenter has been a lead forecaster at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service since 1985. He and his wife, Karine, and their family lived in the Sandy area.

Carpenter said weather forecasting in Phoenix will probably be less of a challenge during the winter months than it is in Salt Lake City.

"But a lot of tropical moisture and thunderstorms day after day during the July and August monsoon season will make for pretty heavy weather. It will get pretty hectic," Carpenter said.