Above, a typical Los Angeles Times headline for a southern California storm when the writer was growing up, one framed for Catalina. Few storms don’t do this, so it was always kind of funny.
To coninue on a nostalgic stream for some reason, the LA Times also had a very weather-centric publisher-owner1 in those days, and after a storm, there was also a HUGE rain table in the paper. I loved ’em, scoured those tables to see who got what amounts, and I think a lot of people do like them, so’s that’s why I put a rain table in here from time to time.
Below, the Pima County ALERT gauges 24 h precipitation totals ending at 3:24 AM today, covering the first batch of rain. Scattered light showers, possibly today, but more likely tomorrow, may add some to these totals, but not very much.
The Sutherland Heights portion of Catalina received 0.57 inches.
Gauge ID Name, Location
1010 0.67 Golder Ranch, Horseshoe Bend Rd in Saddlebrooke
1020 1.02 Oracle RS, approximately 0.5 mi SW of Oracle
1040 0.63 Dodge Tank, Edwin Rd 1.3 mi E of Lago DO Parkway
1050 0.71 Cherry Spring, approximately 1.5 mi W of Char. Gap
1060 1.10 Pig Spring, approximately 1.1 mi NE of Char. Gap
1070 MSG Cargodera Canyon, NE corner of Cat. State Park
1080 0.98 CDO @ Rancho Solano, CDO NE of Saddlebrooke
1100 0.55 CDO @ Golder Rd, CDO at the Golder RD bridge
0.81 inches average
Santa Catalina Mountains
1030 0.87 Oracle Ridge, about 1.5 mi N of Rice Peak
1090 0.51 Mt. Lemmon, snow melt will add to this
1110 1.10 CDO @ Coronado Camp, CDO 0.3 mi S of Coronado
1130 1.30 Samaniego Peak, Samaniego Ridge
1140 1.30 Dan Saddle, Dan Saddle on Oracle Ridge
2150 0.43 White Tail, Catalina Hwy 0.8 mi W of Palisade RS
2280 0.51 Green Mountain, Green Mountain
2290 0.28 Marshall Gulch, Sabino Creek 0.6 mi SSE of Gulch
Your storm day, beginning with a morning light show amid the overcast Stratocumulus:
The weather way ahead
A pretty good rain threat still appears in the March 11-15th window.
The End, except for a gigantic historical footnote below.
1In 1981, at the prodding of Otis Chandler, the weather-centric owner of the Times, there was EXPANSION of the weather page while the paper devoted an astounding amount of pages to a review weather reporting in the media entitled, “Weather: Everyone’s Number One Story.” One side bar, embedded in this HUGE article took note of the Los Angeles weather situation with the humorous side bar, “Little rain, but lots of coverage.” You can see that article below, scanned from the original clipping from 1981. Its a little disjointed due to the odd sizes of article pages. This article noted that a five month study in 1977 showed that the Los Angeles Times had MORE FRONT PAGE weather stories than any other newspaper in the country!