Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Summer’s sizzle settles in

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

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Today – Hot & breezy. 104°, west wind 10-20 MPH.

Tonight – Clear & mild. 71°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny & hot. 102°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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After one of the coolest May’s in recent memory, Mother Nature brings the sizzle to start June.

High pressure parks east of Arizona this afternoon. Daytime highs reach the 102-104° range in Metro Tucson, running 6-8° above average. Expect gusty west winds up to 20 MPH today, which should weaken after sunset this evening.

Triple digit heat sticks around through at least Thursday with ample sunshine.

A low pressure trough may funnel tropical moisture in from the eastern Pacific heading into the weekend. There is a 10% chance of storms Friday through Sunday as highs drop to the upper 90s. Best chance of storms will likely be into the higher elevations.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

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Eastern Pacific getting active on the first day of meteorological Summer. Andres the 1st major hurricane of the year, Blanca might become the 2nd soon. (National Hurricane Center)

From the “not surprised” department, Oklahoma City wrapped up its wettest May on record. (NWS Norman)

Bad weather grounds the Solar Impulse plane in Japan. Next stops include Hawaii and Phoenix. (USA Today)

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Virga dancing at sundown, snapped last night by David Lippincott in Sierra Vista. Consider this a “Monsoon tease” as we wait for our rainy season to arrive in a month.

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The ice has broken!

The Santa Cruz River this afternoon, probably
The Santa Cruz River this afternoon, probably

Tucson has registered a triple digit temperature for the first time in 2015.

At 2:03 PM today, the thermometer at Tucson International Airport hit 100°. This comes a few days after the average “Ice Break” date of May 26th. A little late, but certainly not out of the ordinary.

Buckle up. We’ve got roughly 61 more of these hot days to go this year. Click here for all you ever wanted to know about triple digit heat in the Old Pueblo.

So who won the News 4 Tucson Ice Break contest? Meteorologist John Patrick has the answer tonight at 10!

Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Ice Break cometh!

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Sunny, very warm. 99°, west-northwest wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 67°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Hot! 101°, west wind 10 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Here comes the heat.

High pressure builds over the state the next several days. While backyard thermometers across Metro Tucson reach triple digits today, the airport likely tops out in the upper 90s with sunny skies.

Expect the 1st triple digit day of 2015 to arrive Saturday afternoon. This would be a few days later than the average date for the first 100° day, which historically sits around May 26th. Triple digit heat sticks around through the middle of next week as high pressure slowly loosens its grip on the state.

Off the Mexico coast, Tropical Storm Andres is slated to become a hurricane later today. Latest computer model data shows Andres staying away from land, with moisture confined to areas well south of Arizona late next week.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

That’s a LOT of water! 3-7″ fell just last night around the Dallas Metroplex. (NWS Fort Worth)

Japanese island evacuated as volcano erupts. (NBC News)

While you were sleeping, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. (KTUU)

How many ways can you say “it’s hot”?

Tucson Today rule #1: you can’t say it’s “hot” until the temperature reaches at least 100°.

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But why call it “hot” when there’s other original, G-rated words to describe it? Expand your weather vocabulary by adding a few of these into your daily musings on our triple digit heat! Bonus points if you can expand on this list in the comments section below.

Stay cool, hearty desert dwellers.

Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Triple digit heat arrives in 48 hours

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Sunny. 95°, west wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 66°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny, warm. 98°, west wind 10 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The first heat wave of 2015 is just a few days away.

High pressure slowly builds in from the Pacific heading into the weekend. As a result, daytime highs reach the mid 90s this afternoon and upper 90s tomorrow. Sunny skies prevail for the rest of the work week.

2015’s first 100° day arrives Saturday, with computer models indicating a 97% chance of hitting triple digits in Tucson. With high pressure parked over southeastern Arizona next week, expect a daily run at triple digits through at least Wednesday.

Long range data indicates a slight chance at a few storms late next week, courtesy of remnant moisture from what will likely become Tropical Storm Andres. It should be noted that there remains considerable differences in the data, including some models that keep southern Arizona dry.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

Scary footage of a tornado that struck Canadian, Texas yesterday. May have injured workers at an oil rig. (TVN Weather)

Tropical Storm Andres has officially formed; first named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. Might be a factor in Arizona late next week. (National Hurricane Center)

Even as temperatures climb, there are still lingering snow piles in Boston. (Boston Herald)

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Mid-week sunset flavor over the Old Pueblo. Thanks to loyal viewer David Grinney for sharing this dandy.

Why you never want to leave a living creature inside a hot car

Your car is an Easy Bake Oven on wheels.

When it’s parked in the sun, the inside temperature sky rockets within minutes. It seems like common sense that you wouldn’t leave a living creature inside a hot car. Sadly, stories like thisthis and this happen far too often.

So what makes your car such a sauna? The following explains why you NEVER want to leave a child, pet, armadillo, etcetera inside a hot car.

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Courtesy: General Motors and San Francisco State University

Vehicles are efficient at two things: absorbing & trapping the sun’s radiation. Shortwave radiation heats up dark objects like dashboards, seats and steering wheels in a short amount of time. These objects release longwave radiation, which can’t escape. With no place to go within the car’s cabin, temperatures continue to climb the longer the sun beats down.

In Tucson, where temperatures soar to 100° 62 times a year, the inside car temp climbs roughly 20° in just 10 minutes! Even with an outside air temperature of 80°, the inside of a car can heat up to as much as 123° in an hour. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out these kinds of temperatures are not suited for living creatures.

As the NOAA slogan goes: beat the heat, check the back seat. Place a cell phone, purse, or other object of significant value to you in the seat next to your child. Do anything to avoid making a fatal lapse in judgment. When it comes to children and pets left unattended in hot cars, it shouldn’t be that hard to achieve a goal of zero deaths every single year.

Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Inching closer to “Ice Break”

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Partly cloudy. 93°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 64°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny. 94°, west wind 10 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Not as warm as it could be this afternoon. This weekend is a much different story.

A weak trough supplies partly cloudy skies today. Daytime highs reach the low 90s in Tucson, marking the 16th straight day with below average temperatures. Cloud cover decreases late this afternoon, with mostly clear skies expected overnight. Lows bottom out in the mid 60s by daybreak Thursday.

High pressure expands over the western US heading into the weekend, bringing Ice Break potential. Upper 90s are possible Friday, with Saturday likely seeing the first 100° day of 2015. Saturday’s triple digit odds stand at 63%, while Sunday’s increase to 86% according to the latest model data. The 100s remain in the forecast into early next week with mostly sunny skies.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Courtesy: John Hays

Last night’s spectacular sunset scene from Santa Cruz County. John Hays snapped this pic in Rio Rico. Many thanks for sharing your sky candy with us!

Often Imitated. None More Accurate.