Thursday, May 21, 2015

Heavy Clouds This Morning - Thursday May 21st

A dreary morning at sunrise today - all images here are a bit before or after 7:00 am MST. View above is of heavy clouds over the Catalinas, and image below shows the widespread cloudiness over southern Arizona. On my walk this morning I could see middle-level buildups, mammatus, virga, and perhaps several very light showers to the south-southwest. The TUS composite radar image at bottom indicates a few echoes across eastern Pima County. 

There is a wildfire burning north of Sonoita in the grasslands - with about 2,000 acres affected so far. Hopefully this fire will be contained before winds kick up later today and tomorrow. The heavy clouds will limit the vertical mixing to some degree, at least this morning.

Later today I'll post Art Douglas' summer outlooks.

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