Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: The Sonoran Wind Machine cranks up

TODAY’S BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Partly cloudy, windy. 85°, southwest wind 20-35 MPH.

Tonight – Increasing clouds. 60°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms late, windy. 77°, southwest wind 20-35 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Cochise County, valid today from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Wind gusts up to 50 MPH are possible today in the advisory area. This elevates the wildfire danger and increases the chance of patchy blowing dust near the Willcox Playa. Expect partly cloudy skies this afternoon, with southwest winds around 25-35 MPH in Metro Tucson.

A cold front approaching the state cranks up the winds again tomorrow, with a Wind Advisory in effect for Santa Cruz, and Cochise Counties. Highs Friday only peak in the upper 70s in Tucson.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms move across southern Arizona late Friday into early Saturday. Areas along and north of a Sells-Tucson-Safford line stand the best chance of rain starting tomorrow night, with 0.10-0.30″ rain possible. Highest peaks of Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Graham and the White Mountains could see a dusting of snow early Saturday morning.

The cold front exits the state Saturday afternoon, with daytime highs reaching the mid 70s.

80s and 90s return early next week. Gusty winds may crank up again Monday afternoon as a low pressure trough stalls out over the Great Basin.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

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Anchorage, Alaska clinches its lowest seasonal snowfall on record. For perspective, Boston saw roughly 4 times that amount. (NWS Anchorage)

Eastern Pacific hurricane season starts tomorrow. Among the changes this year – more emphasis on storm surge forecasting. (National Hurricane Center)

New Senate Bill would give NOAA $26.5 million a year to make seasonal forecasts better. (Capital Weather Gang)

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