Oh, well. Was expecting at least 0.25 inches a few days ago, and thought maybe a heavy shower last night might pull that expectation out of the trash bucket. Monthly total now up to 0.70 inches (updated after reading NWS-style and CoCo gauges here), still significantly below average (0.96 inches). Not much else elsewhere, either. Double dang.
Mostly Cumulus humilis and flat Stratocumulus yesterday. Was looking for ice as the temperatures aloft cooled during the afternoon and evening, and only as the sun went down was a slight bit of virga visible to the west. That Stratocu deck over us was deepening upward, and began reaching the magic point where ice begins to form, probably around or a little below -10° C (14 °F) in clouds such as yesterday’s. Let’s look at a sounding from the U of AZ (as displayed by IPS MeteoStar) and see what it says about those evening clouds and see if the above is just a bunch of hooey (I haven’t seen it yet, either):
Still looks like a chance for some light showers before the month closes out, but will be hard to get enough to bring the total to an above average value. Dang.
Will update my reader on December’s early cold outlook as new information that agrees with my assessment comes in. Right now, that information is not available.
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