Rainy Start To Tucson's Labor Day Weekend - Tucson News Now

Rainy Start To Tucson's Labor Day Weekend

Posted: 9/3/04
By Chuck George, KOLD News 13 StormTracker Chief Meteorologist

Hurricane Howard is churning in the Pacific Ocean, about 440 miles west of Cabo San Lucas.

While the hurricane is on a path to the northwest, paralleling the Mexican coastline, some moisture from Howard is being pulled into Arizona by an autumn-like western storm.

The likelihood of rainfall this weekend is 140% greater than normal for early September. That’s because the hurricane’s moisture has increased the amount of water in the air available for rain-producing storms to 40% more than normal.

Don’t absolutely count on an all-out washout this weekend, though. We’ll need some sunshine on Saturday in order to get the storms cooking. However, we’ll have enough rich, tropical moisture around for showers and some thunderstorms even if the sun never comes out. Things will improve as the main brunt of the moisture heads off to our north by Sunday night.

Tune in to KOLD News 13 this weekend for continuing updates on this potentially very wet pattern from the StormTrackers.

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