First, a tedious note about the Big One of two days ago.
While the Davis Vantage Pro 2 tipping bucket gauge registered a whopping 4.18 inches, a smaller plastic gauge from CoCoRahs here had 4.63 inches, after subtracting some rain (half an inch) I forgot to dump due to a brain cramp. A neighbor a couple hundred yards away here in Sutherland Heights, measured 4.65 inches in her gauge, and I now think that the 4.63 inches is the correct amount of rain for this spot. This goes with two other reports of 4.48 inches at Our Garden, and another one of 4.50 inches just a bit on the west side of Lago del Oro Parkway, and the 4.59 inches at the Samaniego Peak ALERT gauge just E of us. We seem to have been in the heaviest band of that storm! (Makes up for all the misses during the summer.)
The Vantage gauge is mounted above the ground, and some loss occurs due to wind, and also when the rain falls too hard, the tipping bucket can’t keep up. The CoCo gauge is ground mounted, and is protected from wind by surrounding natural desert vegetation (aka, “weeds”).
Below, from the University of Arizona’s rainlog.org, is a map of rain totals in our area and the northern areas of TUS. (The Our Garden and Samaniego Peak totals of 4.48 and 4.59 inches, respectively, don’t show up because they are not members of rainlog.org but probably should be so’s we can get all the rain we want to see in one site! I have added those values
In the meantime, from CDO at Wilds Road videos I took in heavy rain as the Sutherland Heights rain started to eclipse 3 inches, this larger wave that formed. I think it could have been surfed.
First of all, it was real disappointing to see so much haze in the air after so much rain! Not sure where it came from yet, will have to do some back trajectories to find out, but later…
The weather ahead
Still pretty confident in more summer rains and tropical air after the current dry spell of a few days, this partly associated with the next tropical storm, likely to be named “Opal” or something like that with an “O” as it takes shape. Of course, we could look up what name it will be, but it will be named soon enough, so why bother?Its already a numbered tropical depression (a weak area of low pressure) down there off Guatemala now.