Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Monsoon storm chances making a comeback

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 95°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 72°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. 96°, west wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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So much for the Monsoon shut-down.

Mostly sunny skies prevail this afternoon across much of southern Arizona. Highs reach the mid 90s in Metro Tucson, while southeastern Cochise County stands a 10% chance of afternoon storms. Overnight lows drop to the 60s and 70s under mostly clear skies.

Partly cloudy skies are on tap Friday afternoon, while isolated storms are possible in the mountains and Cochise County.

Monsoon moisture makes a comeback heading into the weekend and early next week, thanks to southerly winds aloft. A few storms can’t be ruled out in Tucson this weekend, with scattered storm chances confined to areas south & east of the metro. Moisture interacts with a Pacific trough early next work week, further increasing the thunder threat. Monday’s rain chances for Tucson sit at 20%, increasing to 40% Tuesday. Storms decrease in coverage by Wednesday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Alma mater light show, captured last night by Hunter Anderson at St. Cloud State University. You can see the full video here. Surprising that intramural sports continued going on despite the close proximity of the lightning strikes. Hunter says the bolts were less than 5 miles away from Husky Stadium. Central Minnesota may see a few storms later this afternoon as a cold front marches across the Upper Midwest.

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