Sep 2, 2012 10:01 PM by John Patrick
TUCSON - Strong thunderstorms rolled through Tucson for the first time in about a week bringing hail, heavy rain and strong wind gusts.
Tucson International Airport only recorded a trace of rain but saw some pretty impressive 44mph wind gusts at around 4pm, according to Meteorologist John Patrick. Storms for the most part were hit or miss as much of the far east and west sides of Tucson stayed dry. However, some of the hardest hit areas like the Catalina Foothills and Oro Valley reported between 0.75"-1.00". Showers and storms quickly moved off into central Pima and Pinal Counties where they will remain through about 9pm this evening.
Enough Monsoon moisture is going to hang around into your Labor Day to support another round of afternoon and evening thunderstorms area wide. Just like this evening storms will be capable of heavy downpours and strong wind gusts. If you do have outdoor plans for the holiday bring the umbrella or be ready to head indoors for awhile to let the storms pass.
By midweek an upper level disturbance is forecast to move into southern Arizona from Mexico. This inverted trough will interact with abundant Monsoon moisture for an uptick in storm coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday. Needless to say the Monsoon is not quite over yet as it looks like an active next few days.