Of course, alluding today in the title to the great western movie with John Wayne…
Every which way you looked yesterday afternoon, there was a great rainshaft. 1.85 inches fell in one hour at Picture Rocks Community Center yesterday afternoon, 2.01 inches total. Several stations around the county had another 1-2 inches yesterday. You can see the Pima County rain lineup here. Seems the great amount in the Catalinas was about half an inch in a gage at Samaniego Peak. Probably twice that between gages up there in the hot spots, where the best columns of rain fell. Also, it would be good to examine our U of A rainfall network today, too, for some jumbo totals. Values are being added during the morning hours as a rule.
Catalina? Well, a measly 0.05 inches fell here after 7 AM until this morning from side-swiping Cumulonimbus clouds, though Sutherland Heights did receive a more respectable 0.28 inches–just measured it. . So, if you were outside yesterday, you saw heavy shafts of rain all around, but none developed over us (the best kind), or moved in here.
But, then, 1.85 inches in an hour, probably most in a shorter time than that, might be “counter-productive”; might make Catalina into a news story, and not a good one… So, I’d better watch what I wish for.
Here are some views of yesterday’s “clouds and columns” of rain yesterday. And, as has been the case, the day started with heavy layer clouds, Stratocumulus and Altocumulus, and a nice, but very brief sunrise “bloom” shown below:
Once these clouds thinned by late morning, Cumulus began to surge upward over the Catalina’s, and reflected an usually strong east-southeast wind just above mountain top levels by trailing over Catalina from Mt. Lemmón. These reached the ice-forming level (read, began to produce rain at the ground) in a series of showers and thunderstorms by 11:30 AM (2nd photo).
Looked, too, like another tube (funnel cloud) at 3:48 PM yesterday off in the direction of Marana, but I’ve posted so many of late I thought I would just post it at the bottom of these more interesting photos.
Moisture continues to revolve into Arizona from the southeast and so it would appear a similar day is in store for us. Oh, goody.