Dry weekend for the ValleyPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Moisture is beginning to return to Arizona, but not in a way that will lead to widespread thunderstorm activity around the state for the weekend.
For Saturday and Sunday, it looks like the thunderstorms, pretty scattered in nature, will mainly be forming in the mountains and in southern Arizona. High temps around metro Phoenix for the weekend will be right around 105 degrees, pretty much normal for this time of year.
Even as we get into next week, when it’s likely the number of storms will increase, the forecast is still pretty uncertain, especially in the deserts. There is no signal yet showing a strong surge of moisture or outbreak of thunderstorms.
While it is the monsoon and we expect last-minute changes, it does get a bit frustrating trying to pin down which days the chance for rain is more likely.
A check of some rain totals for the monsoon to date include Tucson with less than 2 inches of rain; that’s behind the curve. Phoenix has only recorded .06 inch of rain, way behind normal. Flagstaff has received about 5 1/2 inches of rain this summer so far.