Weather Alerts for Arizona

1. Excessive Heat Warning for: Aguila Valley; Northwest Valley; Tonopah Desert; Gila Bend; Buckeye/Avondale; Cave Creek/New River; Deer Valley; Central Phoenix; North Phoenix/Glendale; New River Mesa; Scottsdale/Paradise Valley; Rio Verde/Salt River; East Valley; Fountain Hills/East Mesa; South Mountain/Ahwatukee; Southeast Valley/Queen Creek; Superior; Northwest Pinal County; West Pinal County; Apache Junction/Gold Canyon; Sonoran Desert Natl Monument

2. Excessive Heat Warning for: San Carlos; Globe/Miami

3. Excessive Heat Warning for: Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton/Safford

4. Excessive Heat Warning for: Upper San Pedro River Valley including Sierra Vista/Benson; Eastern Cochise County Below 5000 Feet including Douglas/Willcox

5. Excessive Heat Watch for: Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton/Safford

6. Excessive Heat Watch for: Western Pima County Including Ajo/Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument; Tohono O'odham Nation including Sells; Tucson Metro Area including Tucson/Green Valley/Marana/Vail; South Central Pinal County including Eloy/Picacho Peak State Park; Southeast Pinal County including Kearny/Mammoth/Oracle

7. Red Flag Warning for: Southern Graham-Central and Eastern Cochise-Southern Greenlee-Lower Elevations of the San Carlos Apache Nation in Graham County

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Weather Topic: What are Stratocumulus Clouds?

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Stratocumulus Clouds Next Topic: Stratus Clouds

Stratocumulus clouds are similar to altocumulus clouds in their fluffy appearance, but have a slightly darker shade due to their additional mass.

A good way to distinguish the two cloud types is to hold your hand out and measure the size of an individual cloud; if it is the size of your thumb it is generally an altocumulus cloud, if it is the size of your hand it is generally a stratocumulus cloud.

It is uncommon for stratocumulus clouds to produce precipitation, but if they do it is usually a light rain or snow.

Next Topic: Stratus Clouds

Weather Topic: What are Wall Clouds?

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Wall Clouds Next Topic: Altocumulus Clouds

A wall cloud forms underneath the base of a cumulonimbus cloud, and can be a hotbed for deadly tornadoes.

Wall clouds are formed by air flowing into the cumulonimbus clouds, which can result in the wall cloud descending from the base of the cumulonimbus cloud, or rising fractus clouds which join to the base of the storm cloud as the wall cloud takes shape.

Wall clouds can be very large, and in the Northern Hemisphere they generally form at the southern edge of cumulonimbus clouds.

Next Topic: Altocumulus Clouds