Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Storm chances slowly increase

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 10% chance of storms. 101°, west-southwest wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 77°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms. 99°, southwest wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Slight thunder threat today, but next week holds more promise.

Enough moisture moves in to support isolated storms this afternoon. Tucson stands a 10% chance of storms between 3-7 PM as highs reach the 100s. Rain chances increase to 20% along the International Border, including Nogales, Sierra Vista and Douglas.

Today’s Monsoon Prediction Index is 1 out of 10 for Tucson, indicating a low storm risk. Isolated storm chances continue through the weekend.

High pressure currently over Baja California shifts east of the state early next week, helping to pump in deeper moisture from Mexico. This leads to a better chance of scattered storms across southern Arizona. Monday and Tuesday features a 40% chance of storms in Tucson with daytime highs flirting with triple digits.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

Courtesy: Robert Henderlong

Saguaro sunrise, captured by Robert Henderlong at Saguaro National Park West. Great composition here with the cacti, desert floor and the soft hues of a desert morning sky.

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