Yesterday’s news, of course, and a surprising development “locally” where measurable rain during the day seemed remote, at least at 6 AM yesterday. But, a blob of rain moved in around noon and gave out 0.06 inches. We’ll take it.
And as you all know, much more rain from our tropical system off Baja is just ahead, U of AZ mod says beginning late tonight and continuing into most of tomorrow morning as you can see here. If you want to see the forecast rain/snow in all of Arizona pile up over time, go here (from the U of AZ). The model is thinking between 0.25 and 0.50 inches here, an inch or so on top of Ms Mt Lemmon. Gut feeling is that we’ll see more than half an inch here from this, with a good chance that it will go beyond noon tomorrow when the mod thinks its all over. Hoping, anyway.
Below, amounts forecast by the U of AZ model ending at noon tomorrow. The model was run on data from last night at 11 PM AST.
Also yesterday, we had a very brief but fabulous sunrise “bloom” illuminating the bottoms of the thick Altocumulus clouds overhead. It looked something like this1: Hoping for same today.
In case you missed it, here’s what gray skies and light rain look like, falling of course, from that great steady rainmaker, Nimbostratus.
The rest of yesterday? Blasé. Steady diet of overcast Stratocumulus/Altocumulus clouds sometimes with splotches of virga, and a sprinkle here and there. Here’s pretty much what the rest of the day looked like:
Rain still foretold for Sunday night into Monday morning, followed by a cold blast, but amounts have been on the decline. Could be just a few hundredths to a quarter inch is about all this one can produce.
More interesting scenes today of “multiple layers” as we would call them, and not as widespread as yesterday overall; Altocumulus (and with the wind picking up aloft, a lenticular here and there–look to the NE of Ms. Mt. Lemmon) Altostratus, Cirrus. And, with luck, a great sunset.
In the usual model vagaries, absent rain in them after this Monday for awhile, rain has shown up, beginning on the 4th of February. This is a new development in the models for that period. The NOAA spaghetti plots give this system pretty good support–that is, something is likely to approach the central and southern California coast a day or two before our possible “storm” on the 5th. but thereafter, not much confidence for a storm here. So, likely to be on the doorstep for us on Feb 3rd or so as it. Interestingly, it rains for two days off and on here, Feb. 4th and 5th, and the rain follows a trajectory from the Pacific much like we have today, which is always a good sign since the atmosphere likes to repeat itself. You can see the full sequence here.
1A replica of yesterday’s sunrise since Mr. Cloud-maven person’s camera failed to ingest a memory card prior to a dozen or so snappages. Camera acted like there was nothing wrong!
2That Dylan line would been that bit better, more dramatic, with “Nimbostratus” in it.
(From Dylan’s, “All along the Watchtower”, the best version, it goes without saying, performed by Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix.)