Silver lining

That silver lining referred to in the title,  at the top of yesterday evening’s Cumulus congestus cloud in the first photo below.  It went on to rain (second photo).  But no silver linings in our models now days, if they could have linings.  They seem to foretell nothing but dreary, soporific, boring, akin-to-a-science-talk at a major university1, dry weather today through the end of the month.

Forgetting about that tropical storm, Isaac, for the moment,  one that seems to be grabbing all the headlines lately, filling our TEEVEEs with endless repetitive reports that could have been dredged up from “file footage”, OUR last hope for rain, it seems, and a good drenching one at that, is from Isaac’s opposite, Elena, a tropical storm now in the eastern Pacific.

Elena might eventually be steered northward and then northeastward  with remnants moving into Arizona just after the beginning of the college football season; clouds and rain beginning to affect us September 2nd or 3rd.  Where are the headlines about that?

Maybe after all, THAT possibility in Elena is our silver lining for the “dark”, droughty days ahead.  Stay tuned.

The End.

6:14 PM. Potent Cumulus congestus builds west of the Tortolita Mountains.
6:29 PM. Rain drops out bottom way over there as top surges upward, ice phase in tops quite visible.
6:50 PM. Is now pretty much all ice at sunset, dissipated, concluding a disappointing day in which the overnight and later mod runs had rain farther north and over us instead of confined to south of Ina Road.

























1It was said by a colleague at the unversity I worked at that, “if boredom could kill, there would be a massacre every Friday afternoon at the department colloquium2.”  Perhaps, having given several, I might killed a few people myself….  Unfortunately, the best scientists aren’t trained in how to talk about their work; its a problem we actually know about.  We’re too busy to fine tune our presentations so that they are interesting.

2John Locatelli, private communication, late 1970s or so.