Through deliberate deception, the title is likely to bring in quite a few football-centric people, since “jumbo package” is a term used when an offensive team bring in all the “Sumo wrestlers” they have, usually in attempts to score a touchdown from 6 inches outside the goal line.
The “jumbo package”, however, is about some weather, essentially at “mid-field” rather than on the goal line (i.e., just ahead):
A large and very strong upper low center is forecast to arrive on Sunday, October 25th, football day, the last reference to football in this blog. As it passes over Arizona, the first snow of the year would likely fall on the ‘Frisco Peaks by Flagstaff.
Tremendous rains, too, would occur here in AZ with this low, espepcially2 here the SE corner, should it happen. See WRF-GFS model outputs below, as rendered by IPS MeteoStar:
But does it happen?
Let’s check the spaghetti from NOAA for a hint about whether this weather happenstance has much chance of occurring:
You, too, as an expert on spaghetti now, are as crestfallen as I was to see this spag output from last night, showing that the espepcially strong low is, in fact, an outlier; a not impossible situation, but an unlikely one since we don’t have the bunched blue contours where the jet stream is strong, down thisaway. Rather, those blue lines are grouped over the Pac NW, and only one or two bluish contours are down here, ones that would be associated with that upper low on the 500 mb map above for Oct. 25th
Still, even when you know its an outlier, it brings hope for a bountiful rain, which is good. Will monitor this as the days go by, in case the outlier spaghetti output is an outlier.
The weather just ahead
Of course, as all weatherman know, we still have our boomerang friend Joe Low returning with rain; that’s in the bag, and has a little “friend” following behind him. These, combined, should bring substantial rains overall in AZ and in the Catalina area, in the form of scattered showers and TSTMs that persist over several days beginning later Thursday through Monday. Joe et al. are slowpokes, which is good.
Haze and smoke are up, if you’ve noticed that our skies have been not so blue, but whitish. Stuff is coming up from Mexico it appears; (Smoky) Joe will bring more of that before it gets here. So, look for a hazy patches of Altocu and/or Cirrus in the next couple of days. Maybe a small Cu off in the distance.
2“Espepcially” is a word I made up via some inadvertent key strokes, but I kind of like it: “In particular, but with some energy.” BTW, Coke tastes better than Pepsi, if that new, unexpected word made you think of a soft drink.