Marana sends whopper summer rain aid to Catalina, 1.90 inches! 4.33 inches on Mt. Lemmon!

First, check out these eye-popping totals from the Pima County ALERT network, led by Ms. Lemmon with 4.33 inches!

Yesterday was a day when cloud/storm watching can be kind of fun. Here’s the scene in the early evening, storms over Marana and southern Oro Valley are bypassing Catalina. We only have moderate Cumulus clouds drifting off the Catalinas. You might have been quite sad to see that the storms were missing us, and those friendly folks down there were getting a good rain again. You’d feel good for them, but sad yourself. Maybe we wouldn’t have any summer wildflowers and greening up around Catalina, you began to think, with another miss at hand.

But you would have been “too fast on the mental draw” and should have envisioned the following scenario:

Those strong rainshafts down toward Marana, Twin Peaks area were going to push a mighty blow of wind up our Oro Valley and toward Catalina, and like the miniature cold front it is, would push air it ran into upward and launch the moderate Cumulus overhead and slightly upwind of Catalina into Cumulonimbus cloudzillas.

And you’d have been right.

Imagine telling your neighbor, looking at our so-so clouds, “Wow (be very excited), this is GREAT!” Look at all that rain falling down there toward Marana! Now we’ll get a good rain, maybe a trmndus one!” You’d be so excited, you might start speaking in “text.”

If the following events wouldn’t have made you the neighborhood weather guru for life, probably nothing else would except telling strollers by your house that they had three minutes to raindrops, big sparse ones, like I did yesterday around 6 PM. Those strollers got good and drenched, which was GREAT, too! They kept going outbound with doggie even AFTER I screamed at them about those drops coming. The cloud bottom overhead was just starting to unload.

Oh, well, there’s only so much cloud and weather gurus like us can do to help people.

It was the push from the south toward us that made last evening’s torrents and power outages possible (oops). Lets give those Marana Cumulonimbi a hand, an “assist”, really, like in baseball or basketball!

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5:05 PM.

Here are some dramatic, memorable scenes, the big rainbows, etc, for you. These will be thumbnails because when take more than 200 photos in one day, you can’t post them all… I wish I had a gigantic web site where you could do that, and you with a gigantic wall monitor so that you could enjoy them in life sizes, because they would ALL be there for you to enjoy. Its all about you, again.

They’re going to be a little messed up in the post because, “haven’t time for the pain” (of posting them nicely) as the song said.

The End.  Today?  Let’s see what happens!  Still light rain around even now!

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5:06 PM. Cu to be energized by Marana outflows.

 

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5:35 PM Marana storm expands northward, outflow winds reaching south Catalina.
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5:53 pm. Arc of uplifted clouds due to Maran outflow winds extends from Cat Mountains over Catalina and Oro Valley.

 

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5:57 PM. A nicely shaped cloud bottom begins to let its contents out almost over ME!

 

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6:20 PM. Core of first cell passes just east of Catalina, but still unloaded 0.22 inches.
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6:30 PM. What’s this?! A new base forming overhead upwind! Did not see that coming, first rain dropping out now!

 

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6:38 PM. In the middle of a 0.45 inches dump!

 

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6:54 PM. One of the brightest rainbows you’ll ever see finishes off a great rain day, totaling 0.67 inches. Or did it?
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6:54. Closer look at same rainbow that ended storm, or did it?

 

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7:03 PM. Parting rainbow; certainly won’t be any more rain after a wonderful 0.67 inches…or not.

 

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7:20 PM. What? New, firm cloud base forming upwind. Surely there can’t be more coming. It was, a lot more.