About real clouds, weather, cloud seeding and science autobio life stories by WMO consolation prize-winning meteorologist, Art Rangno
Summer thunderama returns to Catalina for a day
Against the deepening blue skies over us as the sun continues its descent to overhead of the Equator, coming right up (September 22nd, AZ time), our late summer Cumulus and thunderheads become even more spectacular. You can see the whole cloud day here, courtesy of the University of Arizona, if you would like to avoid the tedium of examining photos and captions by yours truly.
I got very excited about a small thunderstorm that took shape almost overhead of Sutherland Heights, and you know what that means. Yes, too many photos of almost the same thing! See below. Captured it, too, BEFORE it even started to rain, or even thought about it. Produced a large number of cloud-to-ground strikes in the vicinity, too, more that you would expect from such a small storm. Also, if you could see them, you saw repeated split strikes, ones in the core of the rain, and at the same time a branch in clear air to the north, a mile or two quite a ways from the rain shaft. I had not seen that before happen over and over again. Samaniego Peak reported the only rain, 0.28 inches, in the ALERT Catalina Mountain gauges, like twice that in the core of the shaft.
Then, of course, we had a lot of LTG in the early evening and nighttime hours to the NE-S-SW as storms marched across Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley. Missed us, though. A place in Avra Valley got an inch.
That’s pretty much it for your cloud and weather day yesterday. Farther below, the details….
Mods see nothing for a couple of days, until Monday, when the moisture from now Hurricane Odile begins to work its way into AZ.
By Art Rangno
Retiree from a group specializing in airborne measurements of clouds and aerosols at the University of Washington (Cloud and Aerosol Research Group). The projects in which I participated were in many countries; from the Arctic to Brazil, from the Marshall Islands to South Africa.