Yesterday’s cloud of the day:
Fantasy storm of the day
….popped out of the WRF-GFS run from 12 Z yesterday, rendered, as we say, by IPS MeteoStar. Tropical storm “Q” is shown in the Gulf of Cal/Sea of Cortez racing north into Arizona. Pretty cool, huh?
A map configuration like this hasn’t been back yet, and wasn’t there in any run before this one, so we can throw it in the trash pile of bogus model predictions so far, though the models DO have a strong hurricane “Q” in the works. Mods now show it going NW and out to sea off Baja. Still its fun to see how much fantasy rain can fall in Arizona. Kinda reminds one of the track of infamous Tropical Storm Octave, October 1983, almost passing over Tucson on the same day 31 years ago. You remember “Octave” I am sure. You can read about it and a very similar eastern Pacific hurricane season to this one here.
The Cumulus ahead
Whilst CMP was glumly anticipating the end of Cumulus clouds, tropical ones on a daily basis anyway, due to the onset of westerly winds aloft, it has been pointed out by more astute forecasters, like forecasting legend, Mike L, at the U of AZ, TEEVEE ones, NWS, etc., (i e., namely, everyone else who knows anything at all about weather) that tropical air will still be feeding in enough from the east below the westerlies to keep some Cumulus going here and there, some even becoming Cumulonimbi with rain! Your errorful CMP was actually glad to be “informed”, glumness disappearing.
Also, we got that cold front coming on the 27th or so, with another chance of rain as humid air is drawn northward ahead of it. So, another coupla chances to make this a decent water year, one that ends on September 30th. We’re just surpassing 15 inches now; the normal, computed from 37 years at Our Garden here in Catalina, is a little less than 17 inches.