Interesting optics yesterday; substantial rains just ahead

Pretty boring lately….  No motivation here, even after caffeinating royally every morning.  Have had some pro work to work on, too, like reviewing a manuscript for a journal–loosely translated, work that’s largely comprised of  “finding fault in the work of others,” which I am pretty good at, to be a little immodest.  Due this weekend, too…

11 PM U of AZ mod has late afternoon and evening rains in Catalina! Yay.  Looks pretty wet, too, through the middle of next week, some lucky places (Catalina/Oro Valley) might get 1-3 inches during that time  I suspect.  (Neck out pretty far here.)

But…another longish dry spell takes hold after that.  Seems to be the character of our summer;  a couple good, wet days, then a long dry spell.

Still there were some great cloud sights yesterday, and I wanted to share them with my reader, wherever you are.

Down at second from the bottom is the rare sun pillar, and the last photo,  a kind of an odd parhelia (sun dog) since the clouds were mainly Altocumulus ones in which it was occurring and it was darn bright.

Parhelia normally occur in icy Altostratus clouds. I would guess that this one might have been caused by ice crystals produced by an aircraft that passed through that Ac layer toward the horizon, right.DSC_0162 DSC_0164 DSC_0169  DSC_0191 DSC_0194 DSC_0198

The End, back to work….

By Art Rangno

Retiree from a group specializing in airborne measurements of clouds and aerosols at the University of Washington (Cloud and Aerosol Research Group). The projects in which I participated were in many countries; from the Arctic to Brazil, from the Marshall Islands to South Africa.