Southwest US and Mexico expecting rains from Tropical Storm Ivo
It’s official. The previously nameless Tropical Depression Nine-E has picked up strength, and is now officially named Tropical Storm Ivo (EE-voh).
It’s official. The previously nameless Tropical Depression Nine-E has picked up strength, and is now officially named Tropical Storm Ivo (EE-voh). TS Ivo is currently south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Some slight strengthening is expected into the weekend as Ivo heads north-northwestward between an area of high pressure over the central United States and a dip in the jet stream along the West Coast. This will keep the center of Ivo on a track to the west of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. However, given the large size of the storm, tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for parts of the central and southern Baja peninsula, including Cabo San Lucas.
Eventually, Ivo will track over cooler water and into a more stable air mass less supportive of maintaining deep thunderstorms. This will cause the storm to degenerate into a remnant low on Sunday.
That said, Ivo will have an impact on the southwestern United States.
The large-scale weather pattern will help draw Ivo’s moisture northward into the Desert Southwest and enhance rainfall across the region late in the weekend into early next week.
Depending on the intensity and duration of the rainfall in any one location, flooding could occur in parts of western Arizona, southeast California, southern Nevada, and southern Utah.
Las Vegas, Nevada; Yuma, Arizona; Blythe, California; and St. George, Utah are a few of the cities that will need to be on alert for this flooding potential, particularly from Saturday night into Monday.
More details are available at weather.com.