Jul 17, 2012 11:13 AM
TUCSON - A much needed Monsoon break the next few days.
Over the last three days, the Tucson International Airport received 2.50" rainfall, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. This has not only eliminated the yearly rainfall deficit (nearly 2" as of last Friday), it has given Tucson a rainfall surplus of 0.37" for 2012.
Southwest winds aloft are pushing in drier air & decreasing the thunder threat. Isolated storms are expected this afternoon, mainly Tucson and points east. High temps today top out in the mid 90's for the metro. Today's Monsoon Prediction Index is at 3, meaning a slight risk of a thunderstorm turning severe.
Storm chances shut down for the valley floors Wednesday and Thursday, with highs returning at or near 100 degrees. High pressure works back toward the state by Friday, shifting winds aloft to the southeast and allowing Monsoon moisture to creep back in. A daily round of isolated thunderstorms can be expected Friday through early next week.
For a complete look at Jeff's True View 4 extended forecast, visit KVOA.com/weather. Text "MONSOON" to 95990 for daily Monsoon forecasts and severe weather alerts directly to your cell phone.