Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Central, Eastern, and Northern Arizona for March 18, 2024


Arizona Weather Force has issued an official Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the following areas:

Kingman zones, Southern half of Coconino County, all of Yavapai County … North and Eastern half of Maricopa County .. San Tan and the Central to Eastern half of Pinal County … Graham and Greenlee County … Southern Apache County .. Central and Southern Navajo County … all of Gila County …

A cutoff system that has managed to oddly retrograde west into Southern California will bring a strong upper divergence (lift) profile over the watch area today.  Storms will form within the watch zones as I release this at 10:30am local or an hour from now.  Storms will be the strongest this afternoon and evening as instability due to the higher sun angle is maximized.  Storms today will have an interesting component, similar to the monsoon.

I do thing the strongest hit areas for the highest severity will be in the Winslow areas.  However, growing concern centers the edge of the upper dynamics, where the dry slot is.  This dry slot will act as a dryline and impact San Tan through the Eastern half of Maricopa Valley with severe storms, likely centering Apache Junction to Fountain Hills at the best.

Still, anyone within the watch areas should prepare for thunderstorm activity … Activity today can contain damaging winds, hail, and even the chance of tornado activity.

– Raiden Storm –

Master General Meteorologist – is the Owner and CEO of AZWF, a consulting meteorologist with over 26 years’ experience for over 50 companies, including energy, agriculture, aviation, marine, leisure, and many more areas. He has certs from Mississippi State for broadcast met and Penn State forecasting certs MET 101, 241, 341 and 361 as a meteorologist, but before then was completely self-taught, barely learning a thing from the schools that he did not already know.

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