On the Catalina trails with lenticularis

First, Cal drought bustin’ rain update:

As much as 1-2 inches as far south as Ventura County so far, 3-4 inches in the coastal mountains of central Cal as of just now (4 AM AST).  Rolling 24 h Cal State archive hereLA area rain here; keep an eye on Opids Camp and Crystal Lake FC.  Totals in NW LA County just now going over an inch.  Following this drought bustin’ sequence, while just a” two shot wonder”, will be like watching….I don’t know..something really exciting, a weather kind of Olympics, where the favored team “drought” is taken down unexpectedly by some upstart storm.  Yes, I will play the Olympics card.

And remember, this is just the lightweight division today; up next, beginning Friday in southern Cal:  “Sumo wrestling”, as a 400-lb storm moves in next to push aside “Team Drought” at least for the moment.  (Is Sumo wrestling an Olympic sport?) Still expecting some jumbo rain totals in the mountains of southern Cal, such as more than 10 inches at places like Opids Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Speaking of jumbo totals, a friend and expert weather forecaster (and big atmos sci faculty member at Colorado State who now lives part time in Catalina), sent a stunning e-mail to me yesterday expressing his opinion that Catalina will get “1.5 to 2 inches of rain” from the second “Sumo” storm, the one that eases into Arizona late Friday and arrives here by dawn on Saturday, and then  continues for around 24 h.  Cloud maven here can’t go that high in his guess, doesn’t have the “testicularis” you might say,  to go that high; 1 inch max is all I can come up with, but would be ecstatic if in error!

Still, this is going to be FANTASTIC!  Saw some perennial wildflower blooms on the trails yesterday (see below), ones in need of a little pick-me-up–actually a big one, and this will be great for them.  Fauna, too, will be happy!  It may be too late for the annuals…not sure.  Poppies are few, and awfully stunted this year, as many of you know.

Don’t forget, too, before our storm; those gorgeous skies!  Have camera and pen ready to document and make notes about them in your weather diaries   Those skies we’ll be fantastic, too, like yesterday, which was a great day to be on a horse, watching the sky.

Even when its raining the skies will be fantastic!

How many of us, even if we’re from Seattle, are STARVED for low gray, dank and dark daytime rainy skies, clouds chopping off the Catalinas a thousand feet above us, listening to rain pounding on our roofs, then running off roof making puddles, those richer shades of desert green after the rain ends, the glistening, water-covered rocks on the Catalinas in the morning sun after the storm?  Its a real treasure when rain falls here.

Yesterday’s clouds

12:23 PM.  You got yer Cis spis (Cirrus spissatus) topping a few Cu fractus and humilis, if I may.
12:23 PM. You got yer Cis spis (Cirrus spissatus) topping a few Cu fractus and humilis, if I may.  It was so great to see those Cumulus clouds, reminding us that July and huge clouds are only about 125 days away!
12:23 PM.  You got yer Cirrus uncinus.  Note fine strands hanging down.  Amazing they can be so perfect, not erratic, when the wind up there is about 100 mph!
12:23 PM. You got yer Cirrus uncinus. Note fine strands hanging down. Amazing they can be so perfect, not erratic (see arrow), when the wind up there is about 100 mph!
3:54 PM.  A great line of a Ac lenticular advanced over Oro Valley.  This shot was about the best Igot and its not that great.
3:54 PM. A great line of a Ac lenticular advanced over Oro Valley. This shot was about the best I got and its not that great.

3:55 PM.  Not all about clouds....  Here, a wild onion bloom maybe.
3:55 PM. Not all about clouds..wanted to show you that I have more than one dimension.   Here, a wild onion bloom maybe, slightly out of focus.  Prickly pear is in focus, though.
3:55 PM.  Very nice Altocumulus lenticularis formed later downwind from the Catalinas.
3:55 PM. Very nice Altocumulus lenticularis formed later in the afternoon downwind from the Catalinas.
6:25 PM.  Another very nice sunset due to some Cirrus spissatus and a few lower Altocumulus clouds.
6:25 PM. Another very nice sunset due to some Cirrus spissatus and a few lower Altocumulus clouds.

On the weather horizon

Mods still have unusually warm weather here in the storm after life, 8-12 days out (cold in the East continues, too). But, then some Catalina rains continue to show up after that hot spell when you think May is already here.

The End.