Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Slight storm chances to round out Monsoon

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 20% chance of storms. 88°, south wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – 20% chance of storms. 67°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 30% chance of storms. 90°, southwest wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

If Monsoon 2016 ended today, it would go down as the 30th wettest on record for the Old Pueblo. We may add to that rainfall surplus over the next 72 hours.

A pair of mid-level disturbances keeps in a slight chance of storms this afternoon & tonight. While Tucson stands a 20% chance of storms, areas along and east of an Oracle-Sonoita line look to have the best shot at scattered storms. Daytime highs peak in the upper 80s, followed by nighttime lows in the upper 60s.

The thunder threat increases to 30% for Metro Tucson tomorrow afternoon. Thereafter, dry air begins to move in from the southwest. A stray storm can’t be ruled out Friday, followed by ample sunshine this weekend. Highs are expected to return to the low 90s.

Models indicate a cold front sweeping across the state early next week. The net result for the southern half of the state appears to be afternoon temperatures dropping back to the 80s, as lows bottom out in the upper 50s to low 60s.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Billowing clouds behind Finger Rock, captured Tuesday by Shane Lopez.

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