Friday’s Tucson Forecast: A few storms to wrap the work week

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 30% chance of storms, breezy. 92°, southwest wind 15-30 MPH.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. 71°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, breezy. 98°, southwest wind 15-25 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Dodging raindrops as you head out the door.

Sufficient moisture interacts with a trough to trigger a few storms through this afternoon. Much of southern Arizona stands a 30% chance of storms today, increasing to 40% for Pinal, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Daytime highs struggle to reach the low 90s with gusty winds up to 25 MPH.

Activity tapers off after sunset, with partly cloudy skies prevailing overnight.

This weekend trends drier as remnant moisture from what was Hurricane Andres exits the state. Expect partly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the mountains.

There continues to be low confidence in the forecast early next week. The American GFS model indicates ample remnant moisture from Hurricane Blanca entering the state, while the European model keeps the bulk of the tropical moisture in Mexico. Monday through Thursday features a 20% chance of thunderstorms, which is subject to change as new data comes in over the next several days.

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