Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Scattered storms, blowing dust possible

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 40% chance of storms. 93°, southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – 20% chance of storms late. 73°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms. 97°, southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Blowing Dust Advisory today from 3 PM until 7 PM. This includes the I-10 corridor between Tucson and Phoenix, as well as I-8 in southern Maricopa County.

If morning cloud cover burns off, scattered storms should develop along and east of a Gila Bend-Sells line. Metro Tucson could see storms as early as 2-3 PM, decreasing to the isolated variety after 8-9 PM. The primary threat from today’s storms will be gusty winds above 40 MPH, which may produce blowing dust along I-10. Highs today peak in the low 90s.

An approaching low pressure trough off California starts to scour out moisture this weekend. There is a 20% chance of storms for the Old Pueblo Saturday, with areas east of Tucson standing a better chance. Drier weather and sunshine takes over Sunday. Afternoon temps this weekend peak in the upper 90s.

Next week features an area of high pressure building over the southwest. Expect sunny skies & highs to return to triple digits by Wednesday, which is the official start of Monsoon 2016.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Summer sunrise over the San Pedro, captured today by Pete Mecozzi in Benson.

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