Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Slim thunder threat for the Sonoran Desert

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 10% chance of storms. 103°, west-northwest wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 78°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms. 102°, northwest wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Storms more miss than hit to wrap up the work week.

High pressure directly over southeastern Arizona suppresses development today. A 10% chance of isolated storms is possible for Metro Tucson, increasing to 20% south and east of the Old Pueblo. For the 60th time in 2015, Tucson reaches triple digits for daytime highs. Expect partly cloudy skies this evening.

Isolated storm chances continue tomorrow, with most of southern Arizona staying dry.

Scattered storms may return Sunday and Monday as an influx of moisture moves in from the south. Daytime highs drop below the century mark as storm chances increase. Long range models hint at the thunder threat decreasing the middle of next week, with the potential for dry conditions for the Wildcats football season opener.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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A freeze frame from Ray Cleveland’s spectacular time-lapse of last night’s storms, shot at Sabino Canyon. Click here to watch his work in its entirety. I’ll have your “Sky Candy of the Week” award later today on the blog.

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