Rain to fall in Catalina during October

Remember last October we didn’t get nothing, we got a trace instead, which is almost nothing.  This October, with a juicy tropical storm remnant headed our way, I predict something more than nothing which is quite something.  Remember it was foretold here just a month ago that rain would fall in September in Catalina…

TS Simon, about to be a remnant low by tomorrow, the NOAA hurricane folks say, is beginning to send in the clouds to Arizona with promises of rain, “real” rain, at least a tenth of an inch.  Here’s Simon as seen by NOAA’s NexSat just a few minutes ago, and do we really need all that lighting?:

Satellite image of Simon as of 6 AM this morning.
Satellite image of Simon as of 6 AM this morning.


Overcast to broken Cirrus is all most of the day, likely thickening into Altostratus at times, thinning at other times–you can see that sequence approaching us in the sat image above.

As you cloud folk know, Altostratus is a Cirrus-like cloud that’s much deeper with tops at Cirrus levels as a rule, but bottoms in the middle levels, between roughly about 8,000 and 22, 000 feet above the ground.  Altostratus, a layer cloud that covers much or all of the sky, has gray shading which Cirrus can’t have (with the exception of one patchy variety, Cirrus spissatus).  Like Cirrus,  As clouds are usually all ice.   Maybe some Ac later, too.  So, not a REAL interesting cloud day for you.

The Catalina Water Year Record Updated through 2013-14


This is probably the only worthwhile part of this blog.  Actually our total, from a Davis Vantage Pro Mark IV Extra Deluxe Personal Weather Station “tipping bucket” gauge located here is probably a little low.  A chincy CoCoRahs gauge always had more, including 4.63 inches on the Sept 8 true monsoon day, whereas the tipsy bucket couldn’t apparently keep up, reporting “only” 4.18 inches.  The actual water year total is likely just over 15 inches.

Cropped Catalina WYs through 2013-14


The End.