Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Last call for scattered storms

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 40% chance of storms. 91°, southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – 20% chance of storms. 75°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 10% chance of storms. 98°, west wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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One more day with a decent shot at thunder before Monsoon 2016 takes the holiday weekend off.

A departing mid level disturbance triggers scattered storms this afternoon. Metro Tucson stands a 40% chance of storms from late morning through late afternoon. Favored areas for storms today looks to be across Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties, where instability will be highest. Highs today reach the low 90s, followed by a slight storm chance overnight.

Drier air from the west shuts down the Monsoon for the 4th of July weekend. A stray storm can’t be ruled out tomorrow, but mostly sunny skies prevail for much of southern Arizona. As the atmosphere dries out, temperatures heat up. Triple digit heat returns Sunday and the 4th.

Models hint at a return of Monsoon moisture the middle of next week. Isolated storm chances make a comeback Wednesday and Thursday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Storm shrouding the peak, captured Wednesday by Sean Parker in Picacho. The blog will have the triumphant return of “Sky Candy of the Week” award later today!

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