Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Heavy Clouds At Sunrise

Heavy, high cloud cover at sunrise today, making a bit of a dreary start to the day. Down at bottom are two more images: first the unwrapped, all-sky cam at the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center, and second a view of I-10 looking west at the Dragoon exit (east of Benson near Texas Canyon). Some sunshine was breaking through out east, but also visible were the heavy clouds to the west. The IR image below (from 13 UTC) shows the southern half of Arizona affected by a large area of cloudiness coming off the Pacific.

Morning forecast from the NWS for the airport (above) indicates gusty winds again today - most of southeast Arizona remains under a Red Flag Warning for dangerous, wild fire conditions. The wind forecast below (from the 06 UTC WRF-GFS) shows the strongest winds shifting into Cochise County and southwestern New Mexico.

Our dry period continues into mid-April - forecast below is for total precipitation through 5:00 pm MST on April 13th (from the 000 UTC WRF-GFS on the 5.4 km grid). All of the Southwest is forecast to remain dry through this period. 

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