Back to weather and yesterday’s microburst with three minutes of sheets of unbelievably heavy rain with rice-sized hail, 50-60 mph gusts, blazed across Sutherland Heights between 4:06 PM and 4:13 PM. It was a memorably violent storm, comparable in those worst 2 minutes or so to anything we see in the summer, and it was completely un-predicted for Catalina the day before (0% chance of rain here) though showers WERE predicted for the higher terrain of eastern AZ yesterday). For the full story, see Bob M’s excellent discussion. For just clouds and stuff, here is OK.
Stuff blew everywhere and I felt lucky not to lose some branches of trees in the yard. Here’s yesterday’s cloud diary. First the background about what was happening, the TUS balloon sounding of the atmosphere:
Too dry today for rain. Next chance for rain around the 17-19th as that bigger (but maybe drier) cold trough settles in. Temps will be nice, though. Lots of intermittent trough action indicated in 06 Z mod run through the rest of May, so May should continue to be pretty interesting and likely devoid of never-ending heat month as sometimes happens here. This scenario pretty well supported in those crazy NOAA spaghetti (or Lorenz) plots.
Photos not loading in WordPress now, so quiting here, dammitall! Must go on to other chores now. Not happy!
OK, photos finally went in. Happy now, though too many photos as usual.
1I doubt that happened…. Really, this was a song about people who don’t like to go to work, kind of anti-capitalist which is ironic because it was that system that allowed the boys to make their millions (billions if they had invested wisely into Microsoft in the early 1980s) and gone on to help the world with their billions like Bill and Melinda.
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.