Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Scattered storms, blowing dust threat

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 40% chance of storms. 100°, west-southwest 10 MPH.

Tonight – Partly cloudy late. 78°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 30% chance of storms. 101°, west wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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An unstable atmosphere & more moisture should lead to a better chance of thunder.

There is a 40% chance of storms this afternoon & evening. Favored areas for storms today appears to be across Pinal, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties. Storms will be capable of locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds & blowing dust along I-10 and I-8. Be aware for the potential of reduced visibility if you’re traveling to Phoenix or San Diego. Click here to see what to do when caught driving in a dust storm.

Morning cloud cover may work against widespread storm development will be. If clouds hang around, the atmosphere won’t be as unstable & may decrease coverage.

Today’s Monsoon Prediction Index is 5 out of 10 for Tucson, indicating a moderate storm risk.

Storm chances decrease this weekend. Saturday features triple digit temps and a 30% chance of thunder. Isolated storms return to the forecast Sunday and Monday. Scattered storm chances may come back late next week.

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