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Monsoon 2019 strikes hard for some Tucsonans

TUCSON – In what’s been an almost silent start to monsoon 2019, Mother Nature finally picked up some steam. Scattered storms developed around 2 pm on Monday and became widespread and severe by 5 pm.

As of 9:00 pm Monday night most of the region was still under a rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch. This stays active through 11 pm Monday night.

Here’s radar as of this writing.


A couple of our computer tools keep the trend of scattered storms going well into the evening.

Flash Flooding was observed in portions of eastern Pima County earlier today and much of Santa Cruz County as well.

A wall of dust was also moving from Picacho Peak at around 6:30 pm Monday evening.

Most of Metro Tucson saw anywhere from 0.25″-1.0″ of rain (on the high side), but as mentioned above storms could continue well into early Tuesday morning.

Matt Brode

Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode has been affiliated with News 4 Tucson since 2006. He holds his AMS seal of approval and is a proud graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. He is happily married to his wife Ana Maria and proud father to David and Alexa.

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