Weather Service Report

FXUS65 KTWC 202029

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tucson AZ
129 PM MST Fri Jul 20 2018

.SYNOPSIS...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will continue this
evening and again Saturday afternoon and evening. Then high pressure
will strengthen over the region late this weekend into early next 
week resulting very little storm activity and much warmer 
temperatures. High temperatures Monday into Wednesday will be much 
warmer than normal and likely reaching record levels at some


.DISCUSSION...Storms are developing as expected early this afternoon
and should continue well into the evening hours. With the instability
we have, several will likely get rather feisty and produce strong
winds with local heavy rains and possibly small hail. Will need to be
watching. Into the mid-afternoon hours storms will likely have a hard
time coming off the higher terrain but later in the day that is
possible and will need to watch how this pans out. Could be the last
chance for the Tucson metro area for storms until toward the end of
next week. That said, some of the short range CAM solutions are
suggesting a possible after midnight light show for parts of the area
including Tucson. 

Saturday, we will gradually begin to transition to a less favorable
thunderstorm environment thanks to upper level high pressure that
will build westward from Texas this weekend. Still expecting some
storms Saturday, just fewer in number and more limited to higher 
terrain east and south of Tucson. Also may end up with a fair amount 
of cloud cover through the morning which would hinder development. 

Sunday the high approaches and settles overhead Monday through
Tuesday. Sunday there will be very limited convection then Monday and
Tuesday will not likely see much of any development thanks to the
subsidence and mid-level warming. That said, that warming will impact
our temperatures significantly. Heights and temperatures 700mb and
above are forecast to be at or above the 99th percentile for this
time of year which translates to hot temperatures Monday, Tuesday 
and possibly Wednesday. Unlike June when dewpoints are typical very
low they will be higher this event which will make it feel warmer
yet. We already have an Heat Warning in effect and that looks great.
There is some question for Wednesday as it will depend on how fast 
the monsoon moisture returns over the area behind the departing high.
At a later time we may need to expand the warning into Wednesday at 
least for western parts of the area. 

By the end of the week temperatures should return to "normal" with
moisture providing for some storms once again.  


.AVIATION...Valid through 22/00. 
SCT TSRA will continue well into this evening and potentially through
21/10Z before with cloud bases 8-10k ft AGL. Some clearing expected
after 21/12Z then ISOLD-SCT TSRA will redevelop again after 21/19Z
east and south of KTUS. Outside of strong and erratic TSRA outflows,
surface winds remain below 12 kts through the period. Aviation 
discussion not updated for TAF amendments.


.FIRE WEATHER...Scattered thunderstorms will continue into the
overnight hours then fire up again east and south of Tucson Saturday
afternoon, although they should be fewer in number. Upper level high
pressure will build over the region significantly suppressing 
thunderstorms Sunday through Tuesday so they will be tough to come by
at all outside of the White Mountains although dewpoints will remain
at respectable levels. However, this high will bring near or record 
level heat to the area Monday through at least Tuesday. Later in the 
week the high shifts to the west allowing monsoon moisture to begin 
returning to the area. Winds typically light for mid-summer with the 
exception of strong gusty winds near thunderstorms. 


Excessive Heat Warning from 10 AM Monday to 8 PM MST Tuesday for 



FIRE WEATHER...Cerniglia

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