Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KTWC 170348

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tucson AZ
848 PM MST Mon Oct 16 2017

.SYNOPSIS...Continued dry with unseasonably warm temperatures
through Wednesday. A fast moving disturbance will bring isolated
showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night into Thursday. Dry
conditions will then prevail Friday into early next week. Expect
some minor cooling Saturday, then very warm temperatures return
Sunday into Monday as high pressure builds over the area.


.DISCUSSION...Once again had a few cumulus clouds across Santa Cruz
County this afternoon, but they faded away after sunset leaving
behind clear skies elsewhere. A few passing cirrus clouds will be
possible overnight due to an area of increased moisture off the Baja

Gusty winds were present again today. Several gusts in excess
of 35 mph were recorded across the area, including at Tucson
International, before things began to gradually relax during the
afternoon hours. Occasional gusts will be possible tonight before
dropping back off around mid-day Tuesday, especially in Tucson. Warm
and dry conditions will continue to be the main focus until a trough
pushes through and brings an uptick in moisture and a slight chance
for showers and storms Wednesday night and into Thursday. No updates
to the forecast are needed at this time, so please see the previous
discussion below for further details.


.AVIATION...Valid thru 18/06Z.
Expect clear skies or a few clouds above 20k ft AGL into Tuesday
afternoon. Surface wind into Tuesday morning generally ely/sely 5-15
kts with gusts near 20 kts. Surface wind Tuesday afternoon variable
in direction less than 12 kts. Aviation discussion not updated for
TAF amendments.


.FIRE WEATHER...A fast moving disturbance will bring isolated
showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night into Thursday. Otherwise,
dry conditions will prevail into early next week. Gusty east to
southeast winds will diminish early Tuesday followed by normal
diurnal wind trends during the latter part of the week and
into next week. Expect occasional afternoon gusts due to daytime


.PREV DISCUSSION...A ridge of high pressure aloft over the southwest
CONUS will flatten Tuesday into Wednesday. Meanwhile, IR/water vapor
satellite imagery depicted a fairly large area of enhanced
cloudiness west of central/ southern Baja California near 20-
25N/120W. This moisture is progged to move northward around the
periphery of the upper high, then turn eastward into the Desert
Southwest by Wednesday night.

The 16/12Z GFS/NAM12 were fairly similar with the depiction of light
rainfall amounts to occur across portions of this forecast area
Wednesday night into Thursday. The deterministic 16/12Z ECMWF was
considerably drier versus the GFS/NAM12. However, per coordination
with neighboring WFO`s, opted for a slight chance of showers from
Tucson westward into western Pima County late Wednesday night.

A slight chance of showers then exists most sections Thursday
morning, and then opted for a slight chance of showers/tstms
Thursday afternoon. The bulk of deeper moisture associated with this
fast moving shortwave trough is progged to be east of this forecast
area Thursday night. The global models depict another mid-level
trough axis to move eastward across the area Friday night. This
system will initiate drier air to move into the area, and this very
dry regime will be maintained Saturday into next Friday as high
pressure aloft strengthens over southern California.

Expect no significant change in the unseasonably warm daytime
temperatures Tuesday through Friday, then only some very minor
cooling is on tap Saturday. Have noted that the 12Z guidance temps
for Saturday trended generally 3-5 degrees warmer versus the 16/00Z
guidance temps. Thus, warmer temps will return Sunday and next
Monday, with forecast highs at this time to approach record
thresholds for some locales.

The drier regime for late Saturday night/early Sunday morning and
for late Sunday night/early Monday morning will likely translate
into fairly cool morning low temps, especially for the colder
valleys east of Tucson. At this time, am not expecting a widespread
freeze to occur.

However, some areas within the Sulphur Springs Valley (among other
colder valleys east of Tucson) may experience temps near freezing
for a few hours early Sunday morning and again early Monday morning.






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