Sunday, June 28, 2015

What's A Typical Monsoon Day?

The NWS Forecast Office has highlighted their weather story for today with the banner shown above. This leads me to ask: What exactly might a typical monsoon day be? During my 20+ years of watching the day-to-day summer weather out here, I have been continually impressed by the daily variability in how storms develop and evolve. Excluded of course, are extended periods of severe clear - breaks in the monsoon pattern.

As for today, thunderstorms developed very early, with a storm just to our north, over the west end of the Catalina by noon, and others south of Green Valley. Today's storms have moved more rapidly off to the west and northwest. Radar above is from noon and that below is from just after 1:00 pm MST.

Webcam views of Catalinas above at noon and below from Kitt Peak (looking north) at 1:53 pm.

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