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Tucson Weather, 11/29/09 – Winter Weather Advisory

Snow Rocks
Snow Rocks

Lot’s going on with the weather!  This is fun.

The ‘vigorous’ upper level low has moved into northern Baja California and is expected to turn the corner and head east just south of the Mexican border.  That’s a prime location for a major snow event for the mountains here, and so far that is being born out.  We had a nice thunderstorm move through town earlier this evening.  The temperature dropped to 47 degrees while it was raining.  I can only imagine how much convective snow might have fallen on Mt. Lemmon and the nearby Rincons above say 6,000 feet.

It was great. I was in Target on Tanque Verde when the storm hit and I jogged to my car in the rain.  That’s when I noticed the hail bouncing off of me mixed in with the rain.  Not a lot of hail and it was small.

Back to the storm.  I just watched an animation of the last 3 hours of infrared clouds (IR) and it looks to me like the storm is still sinking south.  The danger would be that the storm goes too far south and busts our forecast!  I hope not and the National Weather Service seems certain that we are on track, so I’m on board.

The National Weather Service has also tweaked the Winter Storm Watch making it a Winter Storm Warning for some and a Winter Weather Advisory for others.  The Winter Storm Warning includes Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties.  The Winter Weather Advisory is for us folk in Eastern Pima County.  Here’s an excerpt from the Winter Weather Advisory:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TUCSON HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW ABOVE 4500 FEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8
PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT...AND HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THIS ADVISORY.

A STORM SYSTEM TRACKING THROUGH NORTHERN MEXICO WILL CONTINUE TO
BRING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA
TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. A SNOW LEVEL NEAR 6000 FEET THIS EVENING WILL
LOWER TONIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY MORNING TO NEAR 4000 FEET
BRIEFLY...THEN HOVER NEAR 4500 TO 5000 FEET DURING THE DAY MONDAY.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE BETWEEN
4500 AND 5500 FEET...WITH 3 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 5500 FEET.

Again, the apartment is at 2,600 feet, so I don’t anticipate any snow falling here, but the mountains are sure gonna look perty!  3 to 7 inches possible for Mt. Lemmon is less than I had hoped for, but I’ll wait and see what actually happens tonight and tomorrow.  It still might be worth a trip up the hill on say Wednesday to take some pictures.

So, the actual forecast for Tucson is:

Mostly cloudy tonight with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Low 43 with a 40% chance of measurable rain.  Scattered showers on storms on Monday with a 40% chance of rain and a high near 59.  Monday night, clearing and cold.  Low around 37.  Tuesday, Sunny near 60.

Monsoon ‘08 Begins

June 26, 2008 Monsoon Rain

AWESOME!  I finished with my haircut at SportsClips and saw how dark the sky was south, so I thought I’d go get a free car wash.  I was not disappointed!

Since I had been called in at Midnight because one of my employees was sick, I was off in the afternoon.  It was about 3:00 when I drove toward the storm.

I took Oracle and it was pretty light rain, but cool lightning ahead of me.  As I came down the hill toward River Road I noticed that the view of downtown was disappearing and the rain was picking up.  It was raining pretty good by the time I got to Prince.  I pressed southward and when I got to Grant it was a downpour!  My plan was to head over to First and back toward home.  As I turned East onto Grant I heard the hail ocassionally hitting the car.  The hail and rain were even more intense as I turned North onto 1st.  What FUN!  Visibility was low and folks were going slow.  I eventually drove back into light rain but the rain was pretty intense all the way to Wetmore.  The picture was taken a little after 3:00 around 1st and Prince.  I love the Monsoon!

Watching 4 Tornadoes

Tornado Lightning

Tornado Watch in effect yesterday afternoon and evening.  Thankfully, no bad weather.  Natalea had a softball game at 6:00 and the light rain earlier wasn’t enough to cancel the game.  Good thing.  They won 14-0 and Natalea struck out the first 6 batters she faced!

Last night there was some good rain with thunder.  I guess it was about 9 or 10.  It was coming down hard enough for awhile that it sounded like it might be hailing, but looking out the back door I didn’t see any hail bouncing in the grass.  It’s funny, because when it hails it can look like hundreds of little white Mexican Jumping Beans!

The best, most rockin’, storms were early this morning.  About 5am.  The lightning was nearly constant and close!  Power went out briefly.  VERY cool way to wake up!  I love that rumbling sound with the ocassional crackle of a close strike.  It sounds like the air is being ripped apart, because really, it is!

I was tempted to take the video camera on the front porch to capture some of the flashes and especially the constant rumbling.  I would LOVE to get some good thunderstorm audio!  I chickened out though.  Some of the strikes were really close and I didn’t want to risk it.  I figure I can get some of that audio from the comfort (and safety) of the apartment in Tucson later tis Summer when the Monsoon starts!

I got up and had coffee and all that, but I’ve had less that 6 hours sleep.  It’s about 10am now and the rain has stopped (for now).  I think I’ll take a nap!