Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: A run at record December heat

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, warm. 81°, west wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Increasing clouds. 51°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, breezy. 71°, west wind 15-25 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Toasty temps, then a return to Winter weather.

High pressure west of the state boosts temperatures 15-17° above average. Today’s forecast high of 81° is a degree shy of the record set in Tucson on this date in 1950. Mostly sunny skies prevail this afternoon, followed by increasing clouds overnight.

A developing cold front crashes into the state tomorrow. Gusty west winds up to 25 MPH are possible Friday afternoon. There is a 30% chance of showers/mountain snow late Friday night, with rain chances increasing to 60% for the first half of Saturday. Showers/snow above 5,000 feet tapers off by mid-day Saturday, as highs struggle to reach the mid to upper 50s.

Up to 0.25” rain is possible from Tucson & points east. Mountain locations above 7,000 feet may pick up 1-4” snow between late Friday and early Saturday.

The unsettled regime reigns early next week. A reinforcing shot of cool air arrives Tuesday and Wednesday. While rain/mountain snow looks to stay north of the area, gusty winds and highs in the 50s are expected. Overnight lows bottom out in the mid 30s.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Juno test missile launch, captured this morning by friend Devin Neeley near Gallup, New Mexico. The missile produced this contrail that was briefly visible over the Catalina Mountains around 7 AM. I’ll have more photos of this at noon.

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