Hot, dry, breezy weather brings high fire danger
Hot, dry and breezy weather is in the forecast through early next week, with no signs of the monsoon until potentially after the 4th of July.
With high pressure southwest of Arizona and a few Pacific disturbances tracking north of the state, a dry air mass flowing in from the west will suppress the moisture needed to fuel thunderstorms.
Gusty winds from time to time out of the southwest will reach speeds of up to 35 mph in Northern Arizona, with breezes of 10 to 15 mph in the Valley. A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Western an Northwestern Arizona, including the Flagstaff area, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. With strong winds, low relative humidity in single-digit territory, dry fuel and hot temperatures, there is a potential for explosive wildfire growth. Burning is discouraged during this time. Winds are expected to decrease Thursday and Friday.
In Metro Phoenix, look for a high of 108 today, with a low of 80 degrees Thursday morning and a high of 107 Thursday afternoon. High should remain just shy of 110 through Independence Day.
1-Day Forecast: Phoenix
Currently in Phoenix as of
- 87°(Feels like 87°)
- Wind: E @ 6 mph
- Barometer: 29.76 in.
- Sunrise: 05:21:03 am
- Sunset: 07:41:42 pm
- Humidity: 22
- Visibility: 10 mi.
- UV Index: 0
As they drove into town that hot August afternoon, they were met by a huge dust storm. "It's going to rain," they said to each other. It did not. Thus, they were introduced to Arizona weather.
Norman graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a degree in meteorology-climatology. That summer, he started working at Channel 3 as the weekend meteorologist, earning his American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for both television and radio broadcasting.
During that first 12 years at 3TV, Norman logged thousands of miles traveling the Grand Canyon State, doing the weather and telling interesting stories about the people of our state.
In 1994, teamed with Jodi Applegate, Norman was part of the crew that launched "Good Morning Arizona." Nobody knew at the time it would become one of the top-rated local morning shows in the country.
In 1996, Norman and his family moved to Atlanta, where he was the chief meteorologist at WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate. His favorite part of that job was chasing hurricanes - something that never happened in Arizona.
Returning to 3TV in 2001, Norman is now Arizona's Family's chief meteorologist. He works weekday nights, appearing on Good Evening Arizona, 3TV News at Nine and 3TV News at 10.