Our WY total has crested over 11 inches now. Its at 11.08 inches for the water year ending on September 30th, still about 5.5 inches below normal with only dry days ahead. Still it was nice to see a great thundersquall come through on the last day of the summer regime, though I was about 12 miles away from Catalina when it hit. So, I missed the last summer-type rain of the season with its momentary blinding rain and 40 mph winds; I had to be told about it. That season will be just a memory now.
If you’re a reader of this blog, and I know who both of you are, you MAY recall that yesterday, off-handedly really, it was written here that, “I don’t think it will rain today.” But it did rain, which is pretty remarkable in itself. It has previously seemed that if I think or say something, that’s what happens, almost like a supernatural connection of some kind with the future. Some of the astrologers out there know what I am talking about, maybe palm readers, too.
I will go through what happened just that bit, well, quite a bit, while I display some photos and our thinking was about what we were seeing. I know that our thinking would be exactly the same since you read this so much.
Now, when I started yesterday morning on this blog, the dewpoints were very high around here, 60s, and there was a little line of clouds in the satellite imagery on our doorstep to the west. Part of that north-south oriented cloud line is what you saw when you got up yesterday morning.
However, the dry air was already into central Arizona, with dewpoints in the 40s at PHX and Yuma; it was coming fast as the trough above scooted over us dragging a cool front. Behind the cool front would be the dry air.
So what are you and me looking for when we think an LL Cool Front is approaching, along with its wind shift?
A line of clouds, solid, broken or even scattered. So, when you saw that line of heavy Cumulus piling up in a line, SW to NW from Catalina, you and me were both thinking, “Droop, there it is!1“, to recall a song first heard on the TEEVEE show, “In Living Color.”
Then, the transformation back to what we had just seen earlier that morning! It was amazing, with HUGE Cumulonimbus clouds arising from the same appearing line of heavy Cu. Here we go into “error”, and I would add, humility:
The only weather ahead now for the next couple of weeks is temperature changes. That’s about it, so will take a little break here, maybe only post once in awhile, and more on climo or science stuff.
————————— 1Modified for baseball to, “Bloop, der it is!”. A “bloop” is a weakly hit ball that falls for a base hit.