Virga here and there, chance of sprinkles through early afternoon, then blammo, clearing as wind shift aloft makes it way across Oro Valley/Catalina. CLouds will consist of Cumulus mediocris virgae, small Cumulonimbus capillatus virgae. Cloud bases will be below freezing and higher than Ms. Mt. Lemmon, so will be tough to get rain down to the lower elevations, though a virga trail may hit The Lemmon. Tops of Cu, -15 C to -25 C, i.e., cold enough for ice formation, of course. Crystals will be mostly stellars and dendrites with some clustering into aggregates we would normally call “snowflakes.” Some of the very coldest tops will contain some solid columns, maybe some prisms and hexagonal plates.
If you’re having trouble here because you’ve forgotten a few things, you might well want to get your Magono and Lee (1996) ice crystal “bible” and review crystals types and the temperatures they form at. Heck, maybe I’ll just put the first couple pages here for you…Magono and Lee (1966). Everybody had one back then. Very important to have that with you. As a further challenge, I have not rotated two pages to the upright position to make it too easy for you.
I suppose, too, that you COULD hire an small aircraft to go up there and check on these predicted types using the old “black glove” technique of the early 1960s, where a scientist would stick out a black-gloved hand from the passenger side of the aircraft and then report/log the ice crystals he found. Not making this up.
Yesterday’s clouds (something’s “wrong”)
Day started out dusty; ended up dusty.
Above, through the dust, for some perspective of our ghost “bear.” Pretty cool, huh? I hope there are some left by the time I get done with this blog! Maybe I should check….let’s see what the Canadians (well, one Canadian at U of Victoria) has to say about this dire sitiuation, get informed about stuff. Here’s a link provided by the climate provocateur, and former WA State Climatologist, Mark Albright, who forwarded it to me for my own illumination. I found that post interesting, unexpected…maybe you will, too.
Rain continues to show up on the forecast horizon, which is about 8 days
Best chance of rain, 21st-23rd, mods fuzzy on which day has the best chance. If you love spaghetti, you’ll love this one below. The vast change in the pattern, indicated for almost two weeks now, is just about here. Some mod runs have rain as this “trough bowl” develops, and a strong trough passes through from the west. Seems more likely than not from here that rain will fall as that happens.
The End. (Nice sunrise, lots of Ac cas, Sc, virga around!)