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Southwest

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The presence ofย  dissipating Tropical Storm Bud and a strong southerly wind over the southwestern US will lead to an unusually early North American Monsoon for the Southwest. With the recent drought, scorching heat and widespread wild fires, the timing could not be better. Tropical Storm Bud continues to weaken as it slowly travels northeastward toward the southern Baja Peninusla. Cool water, strong wind shear, and rugged terrain are forecast to take a toll on the tropical cyclone. By late tonight Bud will weaken to a Tropical Depression upon making landfall near the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. The depression will spend roughly 12 hours over high terrain Friday before emerging in the Gulf of California, spreading rain northward toward the United States as it approaches Mexico.ย  Its propagating speed will gradually increase as mutually constructive flows of a trough over the US West Coast and a ridge over…