You won’t find such small Cumulus so full of it as they were yesterday very often. But with cloud bottoms and tops as cold as -15 C (5 F) and -25 C (-13 F), respectively, it was bound to happen. Cloud bottoms were located at 16,000 feet Above Sea Level (ASL), or about 13,000 feet above the ground above Catalina. That was a LONG way for a melted snowflake to fall, though it did appear that some sprinkles may have reached the ground toward Tucson town later yesterday afternoon and during the early evening. I was driving down into Tucson to see friends play in a band1 at the appropriately named, “Nimbus2 Brewery” and saw those clouds up pretty close as I went.
Here’s the late afternoon sounding for yesterday, providing the backdrop for those icy clouds, as rendered by the Cowboys of Wyoming3:
The clouds ahead
Not much weather ahead besides excessive warmth, but, a nice surge of middle and high clouds this coming Friday and Saturday (12th and 13th), maybe some sprinkles.
1Randy Prentice Band, perhaps the most eclectic collection of folks that has ever been in a rock band, featuring famous photographer, Randy Prentice on lead guitar and vocals, and African grey parrot and Pima County residential appraising expert, Dr. Diana May, on bass and vocals. Paul Daniels drums away and also sings; probably has a Ph. D., too.
2“Nimbus”, which means rain, is not a cloud of itself but is an appendage applied to clouds, like Cumulonimbus, or Nimbostratus. Why would a weatherman go anywhere else?
3Shouldn’t WE be the “Cowboys”, as in University of Arizona Cowboys? Don’t we have more of them, at least folks who ride horses than Wyoming, a state where hardly anybody lives, but they’re quite happy anywaya for some reason? And is the moniker we have now, one that refers to feral cats that great?
I can’t believe how many footnotes I’ve put in already and I’m only on the first 10 lines or so! Better slowdown, go easy on the readers, though those many footnotes do give the “piece” an ersatz academic aura.
aOBJECTIVE HAPPINESS BY STATE 001 I inserted this once before a long time ago, but thought you should read it again. Folks in WY are happier than folks in AZ, it says. See state listings.