Monday, May 09, 2016

Another System Fades Away

The new week has dawned bright and clear as per above view of the Catalinas. The big weather question for coming week will be whether or not we'll see our first day with 100+ temperatures at the airport.

The large 500 cyclone that was off California on Friday (see previous post) has now pulled well inland and is centered over the Nebraska Panhandle this morning (500 mb analysis above for 12 UTC is from NCAR RAL). There is a weak, trailing short-wave that will head across northern Mexico today. But, the chance for rain has ended here, with most of southeast Arizona seeing only winds and dust over the weekend - certainly nothing in the gauge here. The detected CG flashes below (from Atmo and Vaisala) for 24-hours ending a bit after midnight last night do show that there were some thunderstorms over the northeast half of Arizona as the system pulled by. Looks like a quiet week on tap, with just some gusty afternoon winds and rising temperatures.

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