First, yesterday’s sunrise rainbow, in case you missed it.
“Dumps of the Day”:
A little later, this masterpiece of a cloudburst, without doubt one of the most dramatic I have seen in five summers here, or anywhere really. Here’s the sequence:
Looks like today, absent the latest mod runs and using older material, always a little risky, looks very similar to yesterday, except as yesterday compared to the tropical day before that, our cloud bases are heading upward overall as the level of moisture declines.
Also, like yesterday, there’s very little steering wind for our storms, and so they tend to sit and die, unless the outflow winds can launch new buildups that blow up into Cumulonimbus clouds. Those outflow winds are chaotic, and where that happens, well, you’ll have to be watching. Though Ms. Lemmon, our nearby friend, did not produce much of anything yesterday, you figure that’s going to change today.
The good news ahead is that there is no clear cut end to our summer rain season yet, though there will be greater and lesser days of activity, as usual . Eventually the westerlies aloft will sweep down into Arizona and clear it out once and for all, but that’s not in the cards yet over the next 15 days.
Being Saturday today, NCAA college football day in America, I hope you will be able to separate yourself at least once from the TEEVEE at least once during the day, preferably after 11 AM, to view our too soon-to-end summer clouds. Remember, you can watch football until February 2014, but you only have maybe two weeks more of big Cumulus and Cumulonimbus clouds and lightning spectacles. Think about it.
11-2 inches has been measured in hourly recording gauges in 15 minutes here in AZ. When that happens, you don’t have beads of water running off the roof, you have pretty much a solid waterfall.