Thursday, November 10, 2016

Still Windy Some Locales This Morning

Edited to add:

There was a nice, Boulder-Looking cap cloud on the Rincons this morning. View is looking east from Swan and Pima at about 8:30 am MST this morning.
Although winds have dropped off at many spots, such as at the airport, it remained windy at other locales before sunrise this morning. Here at the house winds around 5:00 am MST were gusting around 30 to 40 mph from the east.

The winds at the Mt. Hopkins RAWS continued mostly very strong through the past 24-hours, although there have been a few hours with gusts staying below 50 mph. There have been 4 hours during past 24 with wind gusts there of 80 mph (see above) and higher.

The forecast for 10 m winds from the 06 UTC WRF-GFS forecast at Atmo (below valid at 5:00 am) indicate some regions remaining with winds of great than 30 kt (reds). The strong winds south of the Catlinas are downwind of Redington Pass. However, the narrow strips of high speeds on the downwind foothills of some mountains could indicate mountain-wave winds - e.g., the south portion of the Rincons, the north end of the Santa Ritas, the Galiuro Mountains, and the Baboquivari Mountains. Note also the northerly wind directions on west side of Catalinas in the forecast.

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