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Both rain clouds and dust clouds could move into Maricopa today.

Dust and humidity will mark the beginning of weekend weather in Maricopa.

Today there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon, according to the National Weather Service. Look for areas of blowing dust. A dust advisory is in place from 3 to 7 p.m. Overall, the day will be partly sunny with high near 101 degrees.

Tonight, the chance of showers continues until midnight. The overnight low will be around 75. Winds are expected to be 5-10 mph.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny and breezy with a high near 103. Winds will increase to 10-15 mph and could gust as high as 20 mph before midnight. The nighttime low will be around 73.

Sunday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 102. The day will be breezy, with wind gust up to 205 mph. The night skies will remain clear with a low near 71 degrees.

Monday is expected to have a high of only 99 before temperatures climb again next week.

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Be prepared for blowing dust in some areas.

Drivers should be prepared for low visibility because of blowing dust today between Phoenix and Tucson as well as in southeastern Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service has issued a blowing dust advisory from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The affected areas include Interstates 10 and 8 between Phoenix and Tucson, and along the portion of I-10 in southeastern Arizona’s Cochise County. Gusts of up to 50 mph are possible, which could produce widespread areas where visibility is reduced to less than one mile.

Motorists should be aware that strong winds can result in sudden periods of limited or zero visibility due to blowing dust. ADOT urges drivers to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” when dust moves in. The following are driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:

·         Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.

·         Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.

·         If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.

·         Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.

·         Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.

·         Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.

·         Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.

·         Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.

·         Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

·         A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability is still the No. 1 factor in preventing crashes.

For more information on drivers tips, please visit www.PullAsideStayAlive.org.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 511

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Super-hot temperatures highlights this weekend’s weather in Maricopa. The excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service will stay in effect through Monday.

Today, temperatures hit 116 in some parts of town. Tonight will remain clear, and the low will be around 76 degrees.

Saturday, expect more of those sunny-and-hot conditions with a high near 116. The day will be breezy with west-northwest winds at 10-15 mph in the afternoon. The overnight low will be around 77.

Sunday, the high is forecast to be 115, with sunny skies and light wind. Sunday night will be mostly clear with a low near 74.

Monday is expected to hit 112, keeping temperatures over the “excessive heat” mark, but winds will increase.

Residents are urged to remain cautious when outside if temperatures are over 107.

Temperatures are expected to cool incrementally next week to next Friday’s high reaches only 102.

The Arizona deserts are heating up dramatically this week.

An excessive-heat warning will be in place beginning Friday in Maricopa, with Saturday likely the hottest day, according to the National Weather Service. But temperatures will already be in triple digits by Wednesday.

Today will have the mildest weather for the foreseeable future. Expect the high to be around 98 degrees under sunny skies. Daytime winds of 10 mph will grow to 15 mph, with patchy blowing dust before 9 p.m. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 68. Winds could gust up to 20 mph.

Wednesday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 102. Winds could again grow to gusts of up to 20 mph. Wednesday night, the low will be around 69 with strong breezes.

Thursday, again look for sunny skies, with the high increasing to 108 and light winds. Overnight the low will be around 73.

Friday comes the scorcher, and it will be relentless at least for the next few days. Friday’s high is expected to be about 112 degrees. The overnight low will be around 74, with mild breezes.

The weekend is expected to see highs between 113 and 115 degrees.

NWS warns of the likelihood of heat-related illnesses for those doing strenuous activity outdoors or those with health conditions who do not have air conditioning. If untreated, those illness could be fatal.

Reminders:

  • Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
  • Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine.
  • When outdoors wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler.
  • Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Public places with air conditioning included libraries and other government buildings, community centers malls and special refuge stations.

Recognize the signs of heat illness.

Early symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Thirst
  • Muscle cramps

Serious symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Skin that is cool to the touch
  • Fast but weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

Severe symptoms:

  • Hot and red, dry skin
  • Fast and strong pulse
  • Sweating that has stopped
  • Unconsciousness

 

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Expect a warm and sunny Memorial Day weekend.

A very consistent weather pattern has settled over Maricopa, with sunny days in the 90s and nights in the 60s. But this Memorial Day weekend is leading into a week of triple digit heat, according to the National Weather Service.

So enjoy a relatively temperate weekend.

Today is forecast to be sunny with a high near 92 degrees and light winds. Tonight will be clear with a low around 63.

Saturday will be a little warmer, topping off around 97 degrees and calm winds. The overnight low will be around 65.

Sunday, sunny skies continue with a high near 96 and more light breezes. Sunday night will be clear with a low around 63.

Monday is Memorial Day and will again see sunny skies and a high near 96 and very light winds from the south. The overnight low will be around 64.

Next week, expect both the temperatures and the winds to increase.

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Maricopa's forecast calls for sunny skies this weekend, though the wind may kick up dust. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Today’s high temperature will dance around 100 degrees leading into a weekend of low 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday will be breezy, with the wind from the south at 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight, expect clear skies and a low around 65 with continued winds.

Saturday will be sunny with a high near 90. The winds will continue to be 15-20 mph with 30-mph gusts. Overnight, expect mostly clear skies and a low near 60

Sunday, the winds will die down slightly to 5-10 mph under another sunny sky. The daytime high will be near 86 and the overnight low around 59.

Temperatures in the low 90s and high 80s will continue well into next week.

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Clouds are forecast to move in Tuesday and drop some rain overnight and Wednesday morning. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa will be warm this week, but not as hot as last week, and rain could move in.

According to the National Weather Service, Monday’s sunny skies will stay clear overnight for a low around 64. Breezes will be 5-15 mph.

Tuesday, expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 89 and little wind. However, nighttime may bring the rain. There is a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and an expected low of 63.

Wednesday, that 30-percent chance of rain continues until about 11 a.m. Then skies are expected to clear for a high near 89. The overnight low will be around 65.

Thursday has a sunny forecast and an expected high of 95. Overnight, the low will be around 66, with winds increasing to about 10 mph.

Friday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 98 forecast. The day will be sunny and breezy, with winds from the south at 15-20 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night’s low will be around 65.

The rest of the weekend is also expected to remain in the 90s.

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Sunny skies are expected all weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A couple of days of triple-digit weather this weekend is expected to followed by relatively cooler temperatures leading into next week.

Tonight’s high is forecast to mostly clear with a low around 67, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, sunny skies will have a high near 104 degrees and little wind. Friday night’s low is expected to be around 69 under mostly clear skies.

Saturday again has a mostly sunny forecast, with a high near 101. Winds will pick up slightly to 5-15 mph. Overnight lows are expected to be around 67.

Sunday, the high may only reach 95 under sunny skies. Winds are expected to increase to 10-15 mph in the afternoon with gust up to 25 mph.

Monday, expect a high of just 89 degrees with sunny skies and slightly breezy conditions.

 

 

Sunny skies and hot temps are ahead for Maricopa.

As summer approaches, triple-digit temperatures are becoming more common. According to the National Weather Service, Maricopa will be in the high 90s and low 100s this week.

Today’s forecast is for sunny skies and a high near 87 degrees. Clear skies are predicted to continue overnight with a low of around 60 and continuing calm winds of 5 mph.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny again with a high near 92. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 62.

Wednesday will be sunny and warmer with a high of 96. Overnight, expect mostly clear skies and a low of 64.

Thursday will see temperatures climb to 102 under sunny skies. Skies will be clear overnight, with a low around 70.

Friday will be much the same with a high of 103 and an overnight low of 69.

The rest of the weekend so far looks to continue in hot temperatures.

Thursday's clear if dusty skies will see clouds move in for the weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Patchy dust is expected to be prelude to a weekend cooling-off period for Maricopa.

Areas of blowing dust will continue until about 8 p.m. tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Then skies will be mostly clear and the overnight low around 60 degrees. Winds may still gust up to 30 mph.

Friday, there is a 10-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. The day is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 77. It will also be breezy, with wind from the south at 10-15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. A 30-percent chance of showers returns overnight, when the low is around 56.

Saturday, there is again 10-percent chance of rain before 11 a.m. The high is again anticipated to be around 77, and winds will calm to 5 mph. Saturday night, there is 20-percent chance of showers. Under mostly cloudy skies, the low will be around 58.

For Mother’s Day on Sunday, there is a 20-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. The high for the day is expected to be near 81 with calm breezes. The overnight low will be around 57 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to start warming up again Monday and reach the high 90s during the week.

Maricopa’s air-quality index is at “moderate,” a step below the best reading, which is “good.”

A predicted hot week in Maricopa may lead into rain showers for the weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Get ready for a hot one, Maricopa.

Monday is just the beginning of a warmup for a week of higher temperatures that will flirt with triple digits.

Today’s high is expected to top out at 87, with a low of 60 overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, will have a high near 95 degrees under a sunny sky and a north wind at only 5 mph. The night will also be clear, with a low of around 63.

Wednesday’s high will be around 100, but winds will pick up. The day is expected to be breezy with a southeast wind at 5-15 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. Wednesday night will have low around 63. There may be “patchy blowing dust,” according to NWS but mostly clear skies overnight.

Thursday will see more of that patchy dust after 11 a.m. The skies will be sunny, and the high will be near 93 degrees. The wind will continue from the south at 15-20 mph increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon with 35 mph gusts. The overnight low will be around 61 with continued wind.

Friday, expect a bit of a cool-down heading into the weekend. The high is forecast to be near 80 degrees under mostly sunny skies. It will be a breezy day, with wind at 10-15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. Friday night, there will be a 10-percent chance of rain and a low near 55.

Overcast skies have kept Monday temperatures mostly in the high 60s. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A mild, cloudy Monday will have an increased chance of showers moving into evening in Maricopa.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance for rain tonight, a prognostication that will linger until 11 a.m. Tuesday. The overnight low is expected to be 45 degrees.

Tuesday, the clouds will mostly clear by the afternoon, and the high will be near 71 degrees. Expect breezy conditions, with gusts up to 25 mph.

The rest of the week is forecast to be mostly clear. Days are expected to be sunny with temperatures in the mid 80s. Overnight lows will be in the mid 40s to low 50s. The wind from the south-southwest is expected to be 5-10 mph.

Those conditions are expected to last at least through the weekend.

 

 

Unseasonably high temperatures will continue into March as weekly highs are expected to reach into the high 80s.

According to the National Weather Service, the average temperature for the week will be near 88 degrees. The wind should gust between 5 and 10 mph, and nightly lows should dip to the high 40s.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high near 87 degrees. The wind is expected to gust near 5 mph throughout the afternoon before increasing to 10 mph overnight. Clouds may move into the area throughout the night, but no moisture is expected. The overnight low is projected to drop to 49 degrees.

Wednesday should see sunny skies with a slight increase in temperature to 88 degrees. The wind should gust near 10 mph throughout the day before calming to 5 mph overnight. Temperatures are projected to dip to 49 degrees overnight.

Thursday should be the warmest day of the week. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 89 degrees. The wind should gust near 5 mph throughout the day, and the overnight low is projected to dip to 49 degrees. Clouds may move in overnight, but no moisture is expected.

A slight cooling trend is projected to come into the area over the weekend. Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 87 degrees, but temperatures should dip to 85 degrees on Saturday and 84 degrees on Sunday. Clouds are expected to increase, but no moisture is expected.

More information will be available as the work week comes to a close.

The temperature dipped below 80 degrees for the first time in two weeks, but the weekend is expected to see winter temperatures reach back to the mid 80s.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures should stay near 85 degrees all weekend. The wind is expected to gust between 5 to 10 mph, and overall air quality should remain in good condition.

Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 85 degrees. The wind should average 5 mph throughout most of the day, but occasional gusts could reach up to 10 mph. The skies should stay clear overnight, and the low is projected to dip to 46 degrees.

Saturday is projected to be partly cloudy with a high near 85 degrees. The wind should be calm throughout the day at 5 mph, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 46 degrees. The clouds are expected to clear out of the area overnight.

Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 85 degrees. The wind is once again expected to be calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 48 degrees. Clouds are expected to move in overnight, but no moisture is expected.

Temperatures are expected to drop in the coming week, but more information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

Mild winter days continue in Maricopa, though cooler than last week. Photo by Adam Wolfe

After weeks of record heat, the temperatures are expected to cool down into the 70s throughout the middle of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, the week should start with high winds near 30 mph and temperatures in the mid 80s. By Tuesday however, temperatures should drop to the mid 70s before returning to the low 80s by the weekend.

Monday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 83 degrees. The wind should increase to nearly 30 mph in the afternoon and evening. The strong winds are expected to last throughout the night, and the overnight low should drop to 50 degrees.

The strong winds should calm to 5 mph by Tuesday morning, and the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 75 degrees. The skies should stay clear throughout the evening, and the overnight low is expected to be 46 degrees.

Wednesday should stay mostly sunny with temperatures reaching 76 degrees. The wind is expected to increase to 10 mph throughout the day, but gusts should calm to 5 mph overnight. The projected low is 42 degrees.

Thursday is projected to see a spike back into the low 80s with temperatures reaching up to 82 degrees. The winds should remain calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low is expected to dip to 45 degrees.

Friday should see a slight increase to 83 degrees, but the weather should drop to 81 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday.

More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

Clouds have cooled down temperatures slightly but expect a return to the high 80s. Photo by Adam Wolfe

After another week of record heat, clouds and possible rain are moving into Maricopa and should provide a temporary relief from the unusually high temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance for “scattered sprinkles” and temperatures in the low 80s to start the weekend, but temperatures should slowly rise back to the mid 80s by Sunday.

Thursday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with “scattered sprinkles” between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The projected high for the day is 79 degrees, and the wind should increase from 5 mph to 10 mph throughout the day. The overnight low is expected to drop to 48 degrees.

Friday is expected to remain cloudy, but no moisture is expected. The temperature should rise to about 80 degrees, and the wind should calm to 5 mph. The clouds should decrease throughout the night, and the overnight low is projected to drop to 48 degrees.

Saturday is expected to start another warming trend once the clouds clear in the morning. The projected high is 83 degrees, and the wind should remain calm near 5 mph. Night skies should continue to clear, and the overnight low is expected to be 47 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 84 degrees. The wind may increase to 10 mph in the afternoon but should calm back to 5 mph by the evening. The overnight low is projected to drop to 46 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to continue to rise next week as well. Monday is projected to be 85 degrees, Tuesday is projected to be 86 degrees and Wednesday is projected to be 87 degrees.

More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

After warm days, rain may creep into the picture for Thursday and Friday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The upcoming week is projected to see mostly clear skies with high temperatures reaching near 90 degrees, but potential storms could roll in by the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, Maricopa residents can expect to see sunny days with temperatures in the mid to high 80s through Wednesday, but storms could move into the area on Thursday. There is currently a 20 percent chance of rain for Thursday into the weekend.

Monday is projected to be mostly sunny with a high of 88 degrees. The calm wind should remain near 5 mph, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 63 degrees. Some clouds may move in toward the afternoon, but no moisture is expected.

The forecast for Tuesday calls for similar weather as well. Residents should expect to see sunny skies with a high near 87 degrees. Once again, clouds may move in toward the evening, but no moisture is expected. The wind is expected to remain near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 64 degrees.

The high temperature is expected to continue is gradual drop to 86 degrees on Wednesday. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and calm wind. Clouds are expected to move in Wednesday night, but no moisture is expected until Thursday. The overnight low may be 65 degrees.

By Thursday, a new storm system is expected to move into the area. According to the National Weather Service, there is currently a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms for Thursday afternoon. The high for the day is expected to reach 82 degrees, but the potential rain could cool the area down significantly. The overnight low is expected to drop below 60 degrees.

The storms are expected to last through Thursday evening and Friday. At this time, the forecast calls for a “slight chance of rain” through Friday, but more information on the weekend’s weather conditions will be available as the work week comes to a close.

Jeff Price is one of several weather hobbyists in Maricopa reporting data to Weather Undergound. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Arizona thunderstorms won’t sneak up on you, but they can be surprising in their beauty and shocking in their intensity.

The unexpectedly fascinating character of Arizona skies unites a motley crew of amateur meteorologists under the Weather Underground umbrella.

“What’s cool about Weather Underground is the network, so even though one station may not be properly calibrated, the network will give you the feel of the overall weather,” says Bryan Snider, who has been contributing data to the system for three years.

Not to be confused with the radical group from the 1960s, Weather Underground is a collection of data from more than 100,000 official weather sites and home-based weather stations run by weather enthusiasts or hobbyists. WU takes readings every three seconds from these private stations and airports like Sky Harbor and Ak-Chin Regional to create summaries and forecasts.

There are eight private stations in the Maricopa area.

The “hobbyists” come from all walks of life, but at some point each became so interested in the weather he wanted to be part of gauging it.

“It’s fascinating to be able to know that other people can use the data to see what’s happening,” says Eric Summerville, who has a station at his Hidden Valley home.

Summerville has been a weather hobbyist since junior high school. He became involved with Weather Underground after seeing how a friend was using that weather data as a private pilot.

He set himself up with a weather station and broadband at the same time in 2005.

 

David Durst in the Villages at Rancho El Dorado has a weather station beside his pool. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
David Durst in the Villages at Rancho El Dorado has a weather station beside his pool. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

“The monsoon season is kind of interesting,” he says. “There will be no rain, and suddenly the weather pattern will flip. Arizona tends to be more constant; where we have monsoons and it’s hot and humid with occasional surprises, that’s the winters back East. They’re unrelenting.”

A retired pharmacist, Summerville has been working as a science and tech writer for computers and high-tech gadgetry, including a job with Microchip.

“I like to see how things work and explain it to other people,” he says.

That includes the Davis Instruments ProVantage equipment he uses for weather data.

“It’s a semi-pro piece of equipment,” he says. “It’s reliable and long-lasting, and I got it cheap.”

In particular, he enjoys Weather Underground’s WunderMap that maps weather through local terrain, “so you can see in real time if it’s going to skip you or hit you head on.”

Summerville is a self-described “techni-geek” who has been part of a local amateur radio club. Bryan Snider, who lives in Cobblestone Farms, is a professional photographer and a storm-chaser.

Bryan Snider is a freelance photographer and storm-chaser, a combination that has captured volatile footage. See his images at BryanSnider.com. His weather station is attached to his roof in Cobblestone Farms. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Bryan Snider is a freelance photographer and storm-chaser, a combination that has captured volatile footage. See his images at BryanSnider.com. His weather station is attached to his roof in Cobblestone Farms. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

His fascination with the weather started when he was a videographer at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri. He knew being a meteorologist would involve studying “weather theory” and other fields “beyond what I wanted to do.” But shooting weather events for television was right up his alley.

As a freelancer, he shoots weather landscapes and storm calendars. He also does time-lapse videography. His recent footage of a storm over Tucson went viral when weather pros and buffs realized it included a rare recording of a microburst. He is receiving requests for copies or permission to use the footage in an educational setting.

“It was cool to have captured something that made a difference,” he says. See his work on his website BryanSnider.com.

Born in New Mexico, Snider likes the open skies of the Southwest, where storms can be seen coming from miles away instead of being hidden by trees. “If you want to have an idea of the forecast, just look out the window,” he says.

While some weather station owners set up their equipment in their backyard, Snider has his attached to his roof to get the most accurate readings for his location.

Where equipment is placed depends on the micro-environment of the neighborhood, the best place to capture wind speeds and avoid the misleading temperatures of direct sunlight. Snider likes to see the “ground truth” versus what the radar may be saying.

When he and his wife moved to Maricopa from the Midwest, “literally, it was love at first sight,” he says.

His in-laws gave him a weather station three Christmases ago.

Snider wanted to be a pilot, but health issues sidelined that. David Durst earned his private pilot’s license in 1988. Today, he has flight simulation software on his computer in his Villages home.

David Durst in the Villages at Rancho El Dorado has a flight simulator in his office. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
David Durst in the Villages at Rancho El Dorado has a flight simulator in his office. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Durst can tap into weather patterns anywhere in the world and fly through storm systems in the safety of his home office. His wife suggested he take over a room of their house with a full flight simulator.

As much as he likes flying, weather was a first love.

“Ever since sixth-grade camp up in the mountains, I wanted to be a weatherperson,” Durst says.

He and his wife moved to Maricopa from Chandler in 2004. He is a Level 3 support at a global communications company.

He says his brother has a Wunderground station in Las Vegas. Durst found it to be one of the easiest sites to hook up to and communicate. He uses his own data for his own edification, but he will occasionally check the readings from the other Maricopa stations.

 

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Bryan Snider’s weather station is attached to his roof in Cobblestone Farms. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

“You can see the wind sort of blowing in a circle sometimes from their readings,” Durst says.

Jeff Price, whose weather station is in his Homestead yard, got involved in weather data by necessity. After retired in 1991 at the age of 51, he hit the road in an RV.

“Traveling around the West, the weather was very concerning to me all the time,” Price says.

He moved to Maricopa in 2009 and bought a Davis off Amazon in 2013. He got involved with the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) to distribute the data.

Weather Underground is just one of hundreds of organizations that use CWOP information.

In August, WU started its own live show weekdays on The Weather Channel, using data from personal weather stations to “appeal to everyone’s inner weather geek.”

As another gizmo guy, Price is also part of the HAM radio crowd. His Davis setup is hard-wired at the house, and he does keep an eye on the data from other Maricopa Weather Underground members.

“If people are using my data,” he says, “it makes it worthwhile, I guess.”

Jeff Price loves communication gadgets. Besides having a weather station at his Homestead home he is also a member of a HAM radio club. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Jeff Price loves communication gadgets. Besides having a weather station at his Homestead home he is also a member of a HAM radio club. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

This story appeared in the Fall Edition of InMaricopa the Magazine.

Be prepared for blowing dust in some areas.

After a record breaking week of heat, the weekend forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms through Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, the storms that blew in today will last through Sunday evening. The chances of rain will lessen throughout the weekend, but strong winds and rain are expected.

Friday started with mostly sunny skies but transitioned to cloudy by the afternoon. The projected high is 93 degrees, but the afternoon is expected to cool down significantly when the storms roll in. There is currently a 60 percent chance of rain for the afternoon and a 70 percent chance of rain throughout the night. The winds are expected to be moderate near 15 mph, but gusts could reach as high as 25 mph overnight.

The storms are expected to last through Saturday as well. The cloudy day is expected to see a high of 88 degrees. There is also a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon, but the chances of moisture drop to 20 percent overnight. The wind is expected to stay near 10 mph, but gusts could reach up to 20 mph throughout the day.

The storm system is expected to linger into Sunday, but there is only a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the afternoon and evening. The high for the day is expected to be 90 degrees, and winds should stay near 10 mph.

As the new week approaches, the storms are expected to blow out. Sunny days are projected with high temperatures dipping into the mid to high 80s. More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

Maricopa will stay hot - in triple-digits - through the week. Photo by Adam Wolfe

After a few weeks of stormy weather, Maricopa residents can expect to see hot, sunny days throughout the work week.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperatures for the week should range between 101 and 105 degrees. The skies are expected to be mostly clear, and no moisture is in the forecast until Sunday.

For Monday, residents can expect to see partly cloudy skies with a high near 102 degrees. The winds are expected to stay calm near 6 mph, and road conditions are expected to be clear for commuters returning home. The air quality report from the Cowtown Air Quality Index listed Monday as having good (green) air quality. However, the expectation for Tuesday drops to moderate (yellow) air quality.

The forecast for Tuesday calls for sunny skies and a high near 103 degrees. The wind is once again expected to stay calm near 6 mph. The overnight low is expected to dip into the low 70s as well.

The rest of the work week is shaping up to be similar. Wednesday is expected to see clear skies and a high near 105 degrees, while Thursday is projected to be nearly identical with sunny skies and a high near 104 degrees. Friday’s forecast is for temperatures to drop slightly to 102 degrees, but for skies to remain clear.

According to the NWS, there is a potential for rain and thunderstorms on Sunday, but the forecast currently calls for a sunny Saturday. The weekend forecast will become clearer as the work week winds down.

Temperatures are staying warm, but storms could roll in Sunday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

Maricopa resident should expect to see sunny days with highs around 100 degrees to start the weekend before storms move in on Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, Saturday should feature mostly sunny skies with highs between 101 and 103 degrees. As the weekend draws to a close, a storm system is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms to the area through Tuesday.

Saturday should see much of the same weather as Friday. The temperature is expected to slightly spike to 103 degrees, but the skies are still expected to be mostly sunny throughout the day.

The wind is also expected to stay calm near 6 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 79 degrees. A new storm system is expected to arrive in Maricopa on Sunday.

According to the NWS, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms after 11 a.m., and the storms are expected to last through the night. The projected high for the day is 101 degrees, and the wind is expected to gust near 11 mph. The storms are expected to last through the night.

Monday is also projected to be a stormy day. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the morning and afternoon. The chances of thunderstorms decrease into the evening, but the possibility of rain will remain through the night. The projected high for Monday is 97 degrees.

According to the NWS, Tuesday is currently projected to be breezy with a high of just 93 degrees.  There is a “slight chance of thunderstorms” throughout the day, but the forecast will become more accurate as the new week approaches.

By Adam Wolfe

Don’t break out the winter clothing yet, but for the first time since the spring weekend temperatures will be below triple digits for Labor Day weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms through Friday, and a 10 percent chance of storms through Monday. The storm system could bring much needed rain to the region, as well as drop temperatures to a summer low for the weekend. Daily highs are expected to remain under 100 degrees until Sunday.

Thursday is projected to see a high of 99 degrees with gusting winds. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, but according to the NWS, storm activity is not expected until after 2 p.m. The overnight low is expected to drop to 77 degrees.

Friday is projected to be the coolest day of the holiday weekend with a high of just 97 degrees. The wind is expected to be calm near 10 mph, but residents can expect to see rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. There is a 30 percent chance for the storms to last until Saturday morning.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 99 degrees. The wind is again expected to stay calm, and the majority of the storms are expected to have moved through. There is still a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, but they will likely be appearing as afternoon monsoons if they appear at all.

Sunday could see a return of the triple digits. The projected high is 101 degrees, but there is a 10 percent chance afternoon storms could roll in and cool things down a bit. For the most part, Sunday is expected to be a sunny day.

Residents looking to spend Labor Day outside should be in luck as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. The high is expected to reach 103 degrees, and the wind is currently projected to be relatively calm. There is a 10 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms, but the majority of the day is expected to be clear.

A slight chance of thunderstorms and rain is currently projected for next week, but more information will be available as the new week approaches.

Clouds drift into Maricopa on the horizon, with a chance for rain every day. Photo by Adam Wolfe

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The week is projected to feature much of the same weather and monsoons that swept through Maricopa over the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 to 30 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms each day this week. The storms are expected to drop the high temperatures from near 110 degrees to around 105 degrees throughout the week. Winds are expected to stay near 10 mph, but strong gusts may occur sporadically.

Monday is projected to be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms. The chances jump to 30 percent for rain and thunderstorms as the evening approaches. The high is expected to reach 105 degrees, and the wind is expected to stay calm near 10 mph throughout the day.

Tuesday is projected to be partly cloudy in the morning, with potential storms moving in during the afternoon. There is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the early afternoon, but monsoons are expected in the evening, and a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms will linger throughout the night. The high is expected to be 103 degrees, but the wind could kick up loose dust with a steady breeze around 13 mph and occasional strong gusts.

Wednesday is expected to be a near mirror image of Tuesday featuring a 10 percent chance of afternoon storms and a 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. The projected high for Wednesday drops to 101 degrees and the wind is expected to calm to around 9 mph for most of the day.

Thursday is expected to feature mostly clear skies during the day before the storms roll in toward the evening. There is currently a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the night. The projected high is 103 degrees, but the wind is expected to stay relatively calm.

Friday and Saturday forecasts currently call for rain and thunderstorms. The high for both days is expected to be around 100 degrees, but more information on the weekend will be available later in the week.

There will be a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms starting Friday night. Photo by Adam Wolfe

 By Adam Wolfe

 

The National Weather Service is calling for potential rain and thunderstorms throughout the weekend.

There will be a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms starting Friday night and lasting through Sunday. The temperatures may still reach 110 degrees, but rain could keep the days a bit cooler. Once the storms blow through, mostly clear skies are expected.

The forecast for Friday calls for mostly clear skies during the day with a high near 108 degrees and winds staying calm near 8 mph. As the evening approaches, storms are expected to move in. There is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the night, and the overnight low is expected to be 83 degrees.

The storm is expected to linger into Saturday morning as there is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms before 11 a.m. As the afternoon approaches, the chances for rain increase to 20 percent, but the winds are once again expected to stay calm near 9 mph. The high for the day is projected to be 110 degrees, and the overnight low is expected to be 83 degrees.

Sunday will nearly mirror Saturday as there is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the morning before the chances increase to 20 percent in the afternoon. The projected high for Sunday is 106 degrees. The winds are expected to stay near 10 mph, and the storm is expected to blow out overnight.

As the new week approaches, the forecast calls for mostly clear skies. Temperatures are expected to be near 105 degrees to start the new work week.

Clouds rolled in overnight for an overcast Thursday in Maricopa. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

The weekend is expected to feature excessive heat and possible storms before making way to mostly sunny skies.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms moving into the area on Thursday and lasting through Friday night. The storms are expected to blow out Saturday morning, and residents should see mostly sunny days around 106 degrees for the rest of the weekend.

The projected high for Thursday is 108 degrees. The wind is expected to stay relatively calm with occasional gusts reaching 13 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., and the storm system is expected to linger into Friday as well.

Friday is also expected to be hot with a high near 106 degrees despite the possibility of storms throughout the day. The forecast is mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The winds are expected to pick up with gusts reaching as high as 23 mph.

The storm system is expected to blow out by Saturday and give way to mostly sunny skies. The projected high for Saturday is 106 degrees. The winds are expected to calm down to a mild 10 mph as well.

Sunday is also projected to be mostly sunny with a high of 106 degrees. The winds are expected to stay relatively calm once again, and the sky should remain clear throughout the night.

As the new week approaches, the possibility of storms will return. According to the NWS, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week are currently projected to have a “slight chance of thunderstorms.” The forecast will become more clear as the new week approaches.