Arizona Weather Force has issued a Wind Watch for most of Arizona, effective this weekend, weekend of September 30th.
Not many details can be said about a wind event, but maps can be shown to say what type of event something will be. The strongest winds will be across the Northern, Eastern, and Southern half of Arizona. Wind gusts up to 40-50 mph will be likely within the yellow-shaded zones in the maps below (Reference A).
The Southern half of the state will have drier conditions, which can lead to a fire weather hazard.
Some rainfall is going to fall on Saturday for the northwest half of the state, with Prescott/Flagstaff being the furthest southeast for it.
Wind Model – WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
Raiden Storm Wind Gust Intensity Scale –
8. Extensive widespread damage.
7. Trees are broken or uprooted, building damage is considerable. – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over CERTAIN.
6. SOME Trees are broken or uprooted, building damage is possible. – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Likely, Do NOT recommend Traveling in this zone. This zone also is the starting zone where trees and powerlines will fall and damage cars and even kill people near or in them!
5. Slight damage occurs to buildings, shingles are blown off of roofs. HIGH WIND WARNING CRITERIA – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Possible if weight is not corrected.
4. Twigs and small branches are broken from trees, walking is difficult.
3. Large trees sway, becoming difficult to walk. POWER SHUTDOWN THRESHOLD DURING FIRE WEATHER / WIND ADVISORY CRITERIA
Master General Meteorologist – Raiden Storm
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