The tropical fetch coming to Catalina (shown here yesterday) is from the remains of now strong hurricane Amanda, unusually strong for May for that matter, a month in which tropical storms in the Mexican Pacific are pretty rare, let alone have a Category 4 hurricane down there. Has sustained winds of 140 mph now, BTW.
When pointing out the tropical finches yesterday, was not aware that the low down there was, in fact, a hurricane. (Maybe I shouldn’t point things like that out, causing the one reader to lose confidence…. Too late now.) Check out this loop from the U of WA for the “pinhole” signature of strong hurricanes. Really happy to report that rain is on the way as May closes out (29th-31st are best chances for rain here).
Reprising yesterday’s cloud day…
1) Your day began with sprinkles from a cloud deck based at around 12, 000 feet above ground level (remember, too, that you can skip the “added value”, incremental approach below by just going to your great U of AZ time lapse movie. I thought it was really very pretty for yesterday):
2) clearing from the north:
3) once the clearing arrived, small Cumulus began developing on the Cat Mountains and “?”:
4) nice small Cumulus all around, sometimes filling in to make it seem like a Seattle day in spring, with patches of Cirrus on top:
5) Was there artwork in the sky? You bet. A niche developed here I immodestly remind you, is that of cloud bottom photography, something I enjoy, and I think you do, too. Below is one of the best ones of the day from the Cloud Bottoms Collection:
6) Late morning fill in:
7) Smoky sunset (not a western singer, though it would be a good name for one):
6) Wildfire smoke drifts down in a thin layer from the N to spoil our sunset. Note the reddish orange sun, a good sign of smoke and smog particles, tiny ones (typically, if you really want to know, that are 0.01 to 0.1 microns in size) that eviscerate the shorter wavelengths of sunlight so that only the reddish ones get through.