Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Gusty winds, blowing dust returns

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 78°, west wind 15-30 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 54°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 77°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Another cold front, another round of breezes.

West winds up to 30 MPH are possible this afternoon in Tucson. Highest gusts develop in Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties, where a Wind Advisory is in effect today from 12-7 PM. These winds may produce patchy blowing dust along I-10 near the Willcox Playa and Picacho Peak.

Breezes and low relative humidity combines for an elevated wildfire danger east of Metro Tucson, where a Red Flag Warning is also in effect today from 12-7 PM. Outdoor burning is not recommended in Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties.

Daytime highs the next few afternoons peak in the upper 70s for Tucson. A few mountain showers are possible, but valley floors remain dry. Models indicate a new storm system for the weekend, which will kick up the winds yet again. Temperatures are slated to warm up early next week, with the low 90s returning as early as Tuesday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Spring sun pillar, captured Wednesday evening by Greg McCown at Saguaro National Park. Sun pillars like the one here are formed by falling ice crystals that reflect sunlight upward. Atmospheric optics, for the win!

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