0.05 inches falls in Catalina!

Just when you thought it couldn’t rain anymore, blammo,  three, no,  FOUR, no FIVE hundredths fall!  Started just after 3 AM this morning, than another hundredth just now before 7 AM.  How great is this!  Didn’t see it coming, either.

From the Pima County ALERT gauges:

Gauge    15         1           3          6            24         Name                        Location
    ID#      minutes    hour        hours      hours        hours
    —-     —-       —-        —-       —-         —-       —————–            ———————
Catalina Area
    1010     0.00       0.00       0.12        0.12         0.12      Golder Ranch                 Horseshoe Bend Road in Saddlebrooke
    1020     0.00       0.00       0.12        0.12         0.12      Oracle Ranger Stati          approximately 0.5 mile southwest of Oracle
    1040     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Dodge Tank                   Edwin Road 1.3 miles east of Lago Del Oro Parkway
    1050     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Cherry Spring                approximately 1.5 miles west of Charouleau Gap
    1060     0.00       0.04       0.04        0.04         0.04      Pig Spring                   approximately 1.1 miles northeast of Charouleau Gap
    1070     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Cargodera Canyon             northeast corner of Catalina State Park
    1080     0.00       0.00       0.16        0.16         0.16      CDO @ Rancho Solano          Cañada Del Oro Wash northeast of Saddlebrooke
    1100     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      CDO @ Golder Rd              Cañada Del Oro Wash at Golder Ranch Road

Santa Catalina Mountains
    1030     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Oracle Ridge                 Oracle Ridge, approximately 1.5 miles north of Rice Peak
    1090     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Mt. Lemmon                   Mount Lemmon
    1110     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      CDO @ Coronado Camp          Cañada Del Oro Wash 0.3 miles south of Coronado Camp
    1130     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Samaniego Peak               Samaniego Peak on Samaniego Ridge
    1140     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Dan Saddle                   Dan Saddle on Oracle Ridge
    2150     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      White Tail                   Catalina Highway 0.8 miles west of Palisade Ranger Station
    2280     0.00       0.00       0.04        0.12         0.12      Green Mountain               Green Mountain
    2290     0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00         0.00      Marshall Gulch               Sabino Creek 0.6 miles south southeast of Marshall Gulch

Generally these kinds of amounts were observed over most of Arizona north of Tucson.  More chances for brief rain today, too, all of a sudden.  Mods had nothin’ yesterday, and YET, here it is, a rain.

Great sunset last evening, too, in case you missed it. Me, too.  Forgot my camera when going out, but did glimpse it as we drove home.

When you’re in the bowl, the “trough bowl: that is, good things happen, and like this morning’s surprise rain, being in the bowl means more rain might fall than expected, since those upper level troughs and all the good things they do, get stronger when they’re approaching the place where the “bowl” is, technically in the “mean trough position” where troughs reach their most southern latitudes.  And this is where we will be for at least the next week.

We therefore have three good rain possibilities, today, Monday night into Tuesday morning, and then something substantial on the 6th-7th, and the spaghetti plots make that last one look like a fairly confident forecast.  Here is one of those latter rainy maps for Arizona, ones we hope verify, because there because it looks grim for February after this:

Valid at 5 PM AST, February 7th.  Those green areas denote regions where the model has calculated that precip has fallen during the prior six hours.
Valid at 5 PM AST, February 7th. Those green areas denote regions where the model has calculated that precip has fallen during the prior six hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your cloud day yesterday, more or less:DSC_0276

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The End.