Aug 5, 2012 10:58 PM
TUCSON - Severe thunderstorms returned to Tucson Sunday after an early August break.
Strong storms worked into Tucson just after 6:00pm bringing heavy rain, hail, and strong wind gusts up to 60mph. Our official rain gage at Tucson International Airport has only picked up a Trace as of 7:30pm, however, the bulk of the rain stayed on the north and east sides of the metro. Rain gages managed by the Pima County Regional Flood Control District picked up between 0.25"-0.50" near Tanque Verde and similar numbers near Oro Valley. Some of the highest rainfall amounts were seen near Davis Monthan Air Force Base where 0.70" was recorded. Davis Monthan also recorded 56mph wind gusts between 6:15pm and 6:23pm this evening. Estimated wind gusts up to 60mph have reports of several downed trees and power poles across Tucson.
Showers and storms are expected to continue over the next several hours across Southern Arizona. Watch for localized flooding as some areas could get several rounds of rain before the night is over. Enough moisture is hanging around into the start of the work week to give us another chance of scattered storms Monday afternoon. A drying and warming trend is expected by Tuesday as high pressure settles over Arizona. Scattered storms will turn more isolated by the middle of the week and temperatures will jump to 105.