Ready, set Geminids

The annual Geminid Meteor Shower is almost in motion. This promises to be one of the most spectacular meteor events of the year. 

During the early morning hours of December 14th (~2am) the Earth will travel through the debris of asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Thus viewing at this time will be the best opportunity to observe the meteors. 

According to space.com up to 120 meteors per hour are possible under a faint crescent moon with mostly clear skies. 

Temperatures will be on the chilly side. 30s southeast of Tucson are in the forecast while 40s can be expected closer to the city limits. Remember to avoid areas of city light for optimum viewing conditions. 

For a more detailed explanation on the annual meteor show click here. 

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Here comes our first round of Winter

TUCSON – While Winter is officially three weeks away, Mother Nature is sending a Winter-like blast of rain, snow and cold air to southern Arizona. 

A cold front will sweep through the State late tonight and into Friday morning bringing plenty of changes. Valley rain and mountain snow begins around 1 am and should finish up by midday Friday. 

Rainfall amounts will be light – generally around 0.25″ or less in most spots while above 7000′ the precipitation will be in the form of snow. 

While October was a wet month for Tucson, no rain has been picked up during the month of November. 

Much cooler air will filter in for Friday and the weekend with highs only in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Rain is in the forecast for Sunday as well. 

Who’s ready for a blast of cold air?

TUCSON –  With only a few days remaining in November, it seems likely that the month will go into the record books as slightly cooler than average.

October was also cooler than average. The last time Tucson strung together consecutive months with below average temperatures was November 2015 – January 2016. It’s a tight race but with a big pattern change arriving the last day of the month, odds favor another below average.

High pressure will result in mostly sunny and warm conditions Wednesday as highs warm well above average into the mid 70s. Thursday begins warm but then we track a cold front barreling down from the north. This front will pick up our winds and give us the best rain chance we’ve seen in almost a month. Most of our forecast tools indicate light rain – up to a 1/4″ with 1-3″ of snow for Mt. Lemmon. 

Rain is likely early Friday morning and highs will top off only into the low 60s. This cooler air mass will stick around through the entire weekend and another shot of light rain is possible through Monday. Sunday through Tuesday look very cold as temperatures struggle to get out of the mid-to-upper 50s. 

Snow levels will come crashing to 4500′ early Sunday morning, and some of the higher towns in the region could pick up a dusting of snow. 

The Climate Prediction Center keeps well below average temperatures around for much of next week as well. 

So giddy up Rudolph, it’s beginning to look – and feel – a lot like Christmas. 

Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya – an intimate story with a U.S.S. Indianapolis survivor

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A Halloween Chill

TUCSON – Heads up trick-or-treaters, this Halloween will bring a spooky chill to the area and temperatures will quickly fall into the 50s as soon as 8 PM tonight.

Much cooler air has filtered into the region after yesterday’s cold front and a Freeze Warning – the first of the season – has been issued for the coolest sections of SE Arizona. So expect freezing to briefly sub-freezing temperatures in the areas shaded in purple.

Here’s a list of forecast lows for sections of the region tonight.

Finally, this cool air mass isn’t too rare for this time of year.

So bundle up and enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Closing time for 90 degrees in Tucson

TUCSON – The last time Tucson reached 90 degrees or more was on September 30th. This may not seem like a huge deal but we’ve reached 100 degrees many times in October.

The last time the City of Tucson went through an entire month of October without reaching 90 degrees was in 1984.

It will be a close call this weekend, and right now the forecast calls for 88 & 89 degrees for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Slightly cooler air is slated for the begging of next week, so if we don’t hit 90 this weekend – we likely make it through the entire month without 90 degree heat. Not bad huh?

The October chill continues

TUCSON – Today marked the 12th consecutive day the City of Tucson has seen below average temperatures. Out of the 17 days so far this month, 14 have been below average.

If you compare the first 17 days of October this year to last year, well there is simply no comparison. This year’s average October temperature is more than 10 degrees cooler.

We’re off to the coldest start to October since 1982 – when through the first 17 days the average temperature was 67.4 degrees.

Many years we talk about the latest 100 degree day occurring in October: well forget about that. The highest temperature we’ve recorded this month has been a “cool” 89 degrees.

Don’t look now but warmer weather is in the forecast, but even highs on the warmest days look to only be a degree or two above average.

With two weeks still remaining of the month, it would take a major heat wave to put the entire month of October above average…and that isn’t in the forecast. This means October 2018 will be the first below average month we’ve seen since September of 2016.