Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Metro storm chances climbing

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 10% chance of storms. 101°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – 10% chance of storms. 77°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 40% chance of storms. 96°, west-southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Slim thunder threat this afternoon, but odds increase in 24 hours.

Increasing moisture leads to isolated metro storms today. Areas along the International Border and New Mexico state line stand a 30% chance of storms this afternoon, compared to 10% for the Old Pueblo. Highs reach triple digits for the 8th time this year in Tucson. A few lingering storms can’t be ruled out overnight.

Scattered storms are on tap Friday for much of southern Arizona. Expect a 40% chance of thunder for Metro Tucson during the afternoon and evening hours. Some storms may produce 40 MPH wind gusts and blowing dust on I-10. Rain chances drop to 20% Saturday as drier air filters in from the west.

Early next week features a storm system scouring out any remaining moisture. Gusty winds develop Sunday and Monday as daytime highs hover around triple digit territory.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Glimmer of Monsoon hope, captured Wednesday night by Lee Peterson in St. David. Got storm pics? If you can safely snap them, please share them on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Help us tell the tale of the upcoming Monsoon!

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