Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Clouds hinder thunderstorm development

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 20% chance of storms. 93°, west wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – 10% chance of storms. 73°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 30% chance of storms. 91°, east-southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Hurricane Linda supplied plenty of moisture, but also lots of clouds.

Because of the morning cloud deck, widespread storm development appears unlikely today. Tucson stands a 20% chance of storms from lunchtime through the evening hours. Areas south and east of Tucson have a 30% chance of storms today. While a few storms may produce locally heavy rainfall, the severe weather threat is low.

Today’s Monsoon Prediction Index is 2 out of 10 for Tucson, indicating a low storm risk.

Tomorrow may feature a better chance of scattered storms, depending on how much cloud cover we start the day with. Rain chances slip from 30% Thursday to 10% on Friday with highs in the low to mid 90s.

The weekend still looks dry for the valley floors, while the mountains could see a few isolated storms. An isolated storm or two may dot the lower elevations early next week.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Overcast & emerald, captured last night in Nogales by Roberto Heredia. The way the desert greens up during the Monsoon never ceases to amaze me.

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