Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: Better shot of metro storms

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 40% chance of storms. 99°, west wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly cloudy late. 76°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 30% chance of storms. 100°, southwest wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Scattered storms for the metro this afternoon.

High pressure east of Dallas maintains enough Monsoon moisture to warrant a 40% chance of storms. Morning cloud cover should burn off quicker than yesterday, helping to energize the atmosphere. Primetime for storms looks to be 2-8 PM, with Santa Cruz & Cochise Counties standing the best chance of storms today. Highs reach the upper 90s in Tucson.

Today’s Monsoon Prediction Index for Tucson is 4 out of 10, indicating a moderate threat of locally heavy rainfall & gusty winds.

A slight downturn in storm activity is anticipated the rest of the work week. Expect a 30% chance of storms tomorrow through Friday with highs hovering around 100.

Hurricane Dolores passes west of Baja California this weekend, which potentially triggers a gulf surge of tropical moisture into the state. This may equate to a 50% chance of storms Saturday and Sunday. Storms could be capable of heavy rainfall.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Last night’s view of the now 60 acre Buster Mountain Fire, captured by Bill Rood in SaddleBrooke. Forest Service officials are letting Mother Nature control this one, as the flames are in a very remote part of the Catalina Mountains. Expect to smell smoke if you live in Oro Valley, Catalina & SaddleBrooke today.

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