Pomp and circumstance, but only a hundredth

“Pomp”, in the form of some thunder and lightning, and a few hail stones between 10 and 10:30 PM AST; “circumstance” with a pretty strong trough going by.   But they only delivered a hundredth of an inch of rain at the ground here in Catalina.  I guess the bugs will be satisfied, but it was a tiny bit disappointing to me.  Was hoping for TWO hundredths.   The U of AZ computer model did a nice job foretelling a tenth or less of rain.  The most rain reported around here is 0.12 inches way up in the Catalina Mountains at CDO and Coronado Camp.

In case you missed it, here’s when and where the lightning occurred from Strikestar-Astrogenic systems.  The last panel, lower left, shows those surprise lightning strikes that occurred around 10:15 to 10:30 PM AST last night.   BTW, these folks have the best presentation of lightning occurrences that I have been able to find, one that includes non-ground strikes.

Now its sit and wait in the sun for maybe two weeks or more for precip. The closest thing to a storm here in the next FIFTEEN days that the models (courtesy of IPS Meteostar) are showing  is this very strong upper low and trough that, as shown below over the Four Corners area, passes by too far to the east of us on February 1st-2nd to be considered a threat.

This system been showing up on the models for days and days, sometimes as one that can bring rain  here, but it hasn’t been shown that way lately in the models.  The fact that it has been persistent as a feature that affects the Southwest is a good sign that something major will pass by us in early February, and at the least will bring quite a chill whether we get precip or not.

In the meantime, we will have to be content with a long, long stretch of a sunny weather malaise, where almost everyday is perfect for a winter day.



Here are some from yesterday, and again, a great, late-blooming sunset.  Almost gave up on it happening.  First, the nice strand of Cirrus yesterday morning that heralded the thicker layers behind it and shots of those multi-layered clouds consisting of Altocumulus, Altostratus (the smooth one), and then the sunset “bloom.”

The End.