Engorge: to become swollen with fluid.
Gauge 15 1 3 6 24 Name Location
ID# minutes hour hours hours hours
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1010 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.51 Golder Ranch Horseshoe Bend Rd in Saddlebrooke
1020 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.98 Oracle R S approximately 0.5 mi SW of Oracle
1040 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.83 Dodge Tank Edwin Rd 1.3 mi E of Lago Del Oro Pkw
1050 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.98 Cherry Spring approximately 1.5 mi W of Charouleau
1060 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.50 Pig Spring approximately 1.1 mi NE of Charouleau
1070 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.75 Cargodera Canyon NE corner of Catalina State Park
1080 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.55 CDO @ Rancho Solano CDO Wash NE of SaddleB
1100 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.63 CDO @ Golder Rd CDO Wash at Golder Ranch Rd
Santa Catalina Mountains
1030 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.04 2.56 Oracle Ridge Oracle Ridge, approximately 1.5 mi N of Rice Peak
1090 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.12 6.46 Mt. Lemmon
1110 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.73 CDO @ Coronado Camp CDO Wash 0.3 mi S of Coronado Camp
1130 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.05 Samaniego Peak Samaniego Peak on Sam Ridge
1140 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.92 Dan Saddle Dan Saddle on Oracle Ridge
2150 0.00 0.04 0.08 0.16 3.39 White Tail Catalina Hwy 0.8 mi W of Palisade RS
2280 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.08 3.82 Green Mountain
2290 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.08 2.05 Marshall Gulch Sabino Creek 0.6 mi SSE of Marshall Gulch
That seems like an appropriate description for Ms. Mt. Sara Lemmon after SIX inches of rain. Lemmon’s probably a little taller today than yesterday at this time, too. Should see the “glistening rocks” phenomenon now for a few weeks, as was the case after the several inches of rain at the end of last January. Will look to see if the Sutherland is flowing today.
Besides the stupendous amount of rain yesterday in the Catalinas, there were two other rare events.
1) an occurrence of the rarely seen cloud, Stratus (the cloud that resembles gray wall paper, not much going on inside it).
2) misty light rain and drizzle that fell from clouds having no ice (which means the tops could have been as cool as between -4 C to -10 C, nature’s highest ice-forming threshold temperatures in clouds, if you care.)
Below, the afternoon sounding, launched at Wildcat University at about 3:30 PM. Goes up at about a thousand feet a minute:
Now, if you’re a real cloud maven person, you would have known that this was happening in Calalina/Oro Valley yesterday afternoon without looking at a sounding. It was the visibility reducing, fine, close together drops alternating between true drizzle1 When drops get bigger than that, we call those raindrops. But whose got a micrometer out there?
Much of the time the very lightest drizzle and rain fell on us without an indication of a radar echo, likely because the tops were below the beam from the radar site far to the SE of us. TEEVEE weathermen were flummoxed by this, reporting that rain was only falling in areas where there were echoes and that it wasn’t raining here. Woulda happened to me, making the big money on TEEVEE as a weatherman, too, had I not been here to observe this rare occurrence. But, instead I am here not making any money at all writing this. There must be a reason for it.
Now, what you’ve been waiting for, the shades of gray from yesterday:
Even those coupla of heavier showers later in the evening likely had no ice in them, though this is more of a guess based on the high concentration of raindrops smaller raindrops.
Next, let’s see if Hawai’i came to Arizona yesterday:
Hawai’i has come to Arizona!
There’ll be some more “climate substitution” today, too, before it all fades away into heat and dryness in the next coupla weeks.
Yes, your cloud day yesterday, starting with those STRANGE Stratus fractus clouds that churned and shot straight up the sides of Sam (Samaniego) Ridge just after the first bout of light rain. Estimating updrafts were something in the 10-20 kts straight up. Clueless about what exactly was causing that to happen, This phenomenon did not last long;
After this, the intermittent light rain moved in again. If you don’t believe me that the rain was intermittent, here’s evidence from a tipping bucket record for the day, annotated for boredom after you questioned my statement:
Wow, what a lot of information for you today! Hours of effort here! Well, maybe two. Maybe I could write a book about rain! Oops. Its already been done (“Rain2“). Cynthia Barnett, award winning science writer has just done it. That’s what happens when you procrastinate or don’t think of it in the first place.
Enjoy a last summer rain season day and those beautiful clouds we’ll have. Looks like drizzle/warm rain again on the mountains right now!
1By definition, drizzle drops can’t be bigger than 500 microns in diameter, equivalent to about five human hairs; a fewer horse tail hairs. And, as you know from the many harangues on this subject, such small drops MUST be close together to be termed an occurrence of drizzle, as happened yesterday afternoon into the evening.