We’ve waited a LONG time for a rain day. It was so nice, so photogenic as well. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Also, you may have seen the Froude Number1 in action as Cumulus congestus and Cumulonimbus clouds developed and went around the sides of the Catalina Mountains instead of developing over them and dumping big shafts of rain on them. The heaviest rains yesterday were due to streamers of showers and with an OCNL TSTMS that were north and south of us, Oracleville, Bio2 area, and Marana, Avra Valley where over half an inch was logged in some places.
Still , we managed a third of an inch here in Sutherland Heights, the first appreciable rain since I don’t know when, though, I could look it up. Too long, though, even for Catalina.
Some regional totals, 3 AM to 3 AM:
Precipitation Report for the following time periods ending at: 03:19:00 11/04/16
Data is preliminary and unedited.
—- indicates missing data
Gauge 24 Name Location
ID# minutes hour hours hours hours
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1010 0.08 Golder Ranch Horseshoe Bend Rd in Saddlebrooke
1020 0.12 Oracle Ranger Stati approximately 0.5 mi SW of Oracle
1040 0.08 Dodge Tank Edwin Rd 1.3 mi E of Lago Del Oro Parkway
1050 0.16 Cherry Spring approximately 1.5 mi W of Charouleau Gap
1060 0.16 Pig Spring approximately 1.1 mi NE of Charouleau Gap
1070 0.24 Cargodera Canyon NE corner of Catalina State Park
1080 0.20 CDO @ Rancho Solano Cañada Del Oro Wash NE of Saddlebrooke
1100 0.16 CDO @ Golder Rd Cañada Del Oro Wash at Golder Ranch Rd
Santa Catalina Mountains
1030 0.04 Oracle Ridge Oracle Ridge, approximately 1.5 mi N of Rice Peak
1090 0.16 Mt. Lemmon Mount Lemmon
1110 0.16 CDO @ Coronado Camp Cañada Del Oro Wash 0.3 mi S of Coronado Camp
1130 0.28 Samaniego Peak Samaniego Peak on Samaniego Ridge
1140 0.08 Dan Saddle Dan Saddle on Oracle Ridge
2150 0.16 White Tail Catalina Hwy 0.8 mi W of Palisade Ranger Station
2280 0.04 Green Mountain Green Mountain
2290 0.16 Marshall Gulch Sabino Creek 0.6 mi SSE of Marshall Gulch
Santa Catalina Foothills
2090 0.04 TV @ Guest Ranch Tanque Verde Wash at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
2100 0.16 DEQ Swan Swan Rd at Calle del Pantera
2160 0.08 Sabino @ USFS Dam Sabino Creek at USFS Dam
2170 0.24 Ventana @ Sunrise Ventana Canyon Wash at Sunrise Rd
2190 0.16 Al-Marah near El Marah on Bear Canyon Rd
2200 0.04 AC Wash @ TV Bridge Agua Caliente Wash at Tanque Verde Rd
2210 0.00 Catalina Boosters Houghton Road 0.1 mi S of Catalina Highway
2220 0.04 Agua Caliente Park Agua Caliente Park
2230 0.04 El Camino Rinconado El Camino Rinconado 0.5 mi N of Reddington Rd
2240 0.04 Molino Canyon Mt Lemmon Highway near Mile Post 3
2390 0.24 Finger Rock @ Skyli Finger Rock Wash at Sunrise Rd
Except for a morning or afternoon sprinkle, no rain in sight, just a warm up back to above average temperatures. Dang.
1The young fluid dynamicist, Richard Penniman, fascinated by the flow around mountains, and who later became known as the rock and R&B entertainer, “Little Richard”, first brought the Froude Number to public attention in his song, “Tutti Froude-e.” The title, after an early release failed to capture the public’s imagination, was later revised for greater “accessibility”, to the song we know today as, “Tutti Frutti.”
2Who can forget “Max and the Storm Troopers” and that great song? I would submit, “everyone.” Of course, few know that after 1968 they changed their name to “Led Zeppelin.” And that, my friends, is “the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey might say if he was lying about something anyway.