Drops, that is. There were about 140 or so the night before last, noticeable only if you left your dusty car outside, and TWO drops yesterday between 4:08:22 and 4:08:51 PM, as the last remnant of a shower cloud moved overhead from The Gap (the Charouleau one).
You HAD to be outside running around to encounter them, I do mean “running”, to increase the sample volume and your chances of detecting a drop in marginal rain situations. You have to “want it”, to be the best you can be about traces, that is. And I wanted to report another trace real bad. I love to report traces of rain, the most underrepresented rain event of all, the poor relative of measurable rain.
And, of course, more shower chances ahead, March 17th through the 20th, as remnant of the upper level trough that produced our last two days of clouds and sprinkles returns to us like a boomerang after producing generous rains in Mexico. It also meshes with a weak trough from the Pac at this time, so its pretty troughy for a few of days. Nice.
Today’s cloud pic archive will begin with the sunset the evening before last, since domestic responsibilities1 prohibited posting the usual tedious cloud array yesterday.
The temperature structure aloft was pretty much the same as the previous day, except that cloud bases were slightly lower and warmer, “only” -7 C or so, with tops again around -20 C (4 F), plenty cold enough for plenty of ice and virga from the modest Cumulus and Stratocumulus clouds that developed later in the morning.
Rainshafts were that tiny bit heavier it appeared, seeming to reach the ground with more gusto than the similar day before.
And, below, why we love our mountains and desert, especially on these kinds of days. About this time, the “light show” begins, ending with a dramatic sunset.
1I had to take my mom, whose she’s really old and fragile, to the doctor , and then to the supermarket. This personal information posted for the purpose of inducing empathy in case I have a really bad forecast. People will remember that I take my mom places.