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|Sunrise 5:41AM||Sunset 7:16PM||Friday August 7, 2020 10:50 AM MST (17:50 UTC)||Moonrise 9:57PM||Moonset 9:20AM||Illumination 86%|
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FXUS65 KTWC 071717 AFDTWC
Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Tucson AZ 1017 AM MST Fri Aug 7 2020
SYNOPSIS. High pressure over the region will continue to maintain above average heat. Daily thunderstorm chances will also continue, but primarily well south and east of Tucson as a drier southwesterly flow continues to limit thunderstorm activity through the weekend and into early next week.
DISCUSSION. Moisture remains confined to the International Border and struggling to move north. With the lackluster moisture, clouds across SE AZ, and limited instability, expect thunderstorm coverage to remain isolated in nature and focus south and east of Tucson. Similar to yesterday, any outflows needed for convection in the metro will have to battle dry SW flow. Current TDs are in the low 50s to upper 40s, which is rather pathetic for this time of the year. With adequate afternoon mixing, expect these to drop further.
Any shower or storm that develops across far SE AZ will be a mix of wet and dry due to the lack of deep moisture. Some of the storms could see gusty winds due to the inverted v soundings.
Lets talk about heat for today. It seems guidance continues to run 1-3 degrees below actual observations recently. This is likely due to the dry ground, especially around KTUS. So don't be shocked if we sneak up to 105 or 106 again today, which will continue out streak of days greater than 105.
AVIATION. Valid through 08/18Z. SCT to ocnl BKN clouds AOA 10-14k ft MSL through much of the period from KTUS eastward and generally SKC-FEW W of KTUS. Isold to sctd SHRA/TSRA from KTUS south and eastward this afternoon through about 08/03z. SFC winds less than 10 kts this morning becoming SWLY/WLY around 10 kts this afternoon with a few higher gusts. Winds subside again this evening becoming less than 10 kts tonight. Aviation discussion not updated for TAF amendments.
FIRE WEATHER. Above normal temperatures continue through the weekend and into next week. Drier than usual afternoon RHs are likely, due to the lack of monsoon moisture. In general, valley RHs will be in the 10-20 percent range with mountains in the 20-30 percent range. Overnight RH recoveries will be drier than usual as well, with the driest areas in the lower deserts. Slightly better recoveries are expected for the higher valleys south and east of Tucson aligning with the better monsoon moisture. Isolated to scattered mainly afternoon and evening thunderstorms for locales east and south of Tucson into early next week as some drier air moves in from the west. 20-foot winds will generally follow typical diurnal patterns at less than 15 mph. However, thunderstorms may produce wind gusts in excess of 40 mph.
PREV DISCUSSION. /issued 229 AM MST Fri Aug 7 2020/ . We continue to have a southwesterly flow over the area with weak troughiness near the west coast and high pressure over Texas and Chihuahua. Any westerly component involved in our flow is typically a bad thing this time of year unless we're talking about deep tropical moisture (and we aren't). Moisture is relatively limited with surface dewpoints in the 40s to lower 50s and precipitable water values well below normal. You don't frequently see a value under 1 inch in August. Sonora remains busy, but the flow isn't favorable to bring much of that up here.
Ensembles actually strengthen the western flank of the ridge into our area and into a full blocking position over the weekend and into early next week. We might end up needing more heat headlines next week as the Monsoon continues to thrive mainly south of our area. ECMWF weeklies 7 day height anomalies suggest a more favorable pattern the second half of the month. We'll see.
TWC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. None.
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|Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ||8 mi||53 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Overcast||93°F||52°F||25%||1011 hPa|
|Tucson, Tucson International Airport, AZ||12 mi||58 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||93°F||48°F||22%||1010.9 hPa|
|Tucson Ryan Field Airport, AZ||17 mi||66 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||93°F||46°F||20%||1015.9 hPa|
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