Thunderheads cross border, enter Arizona again

Its not a motorcycle gang, though it would be a good name for one comprised of meteorologists. Don’t think that’s gonna happen.

If you were watching carefully, and you had no radar capability on your smart phone, you could have still detected the presence of clouds producing rain. Here’s what they looked like, in a kind of a washed out, low-contrast view toward the southern horizon. AZ mod didn’t have them there, so it was a nice surprise to see them. It suggests that the chances of scattered rain today, and rumbles from the The Lemmon, are pretty good. Model output from yesterday DID have that for today; rain on The Lemmon this afternoon into this evening, drifting northwestward onto the valley. Yay! Waxing rain gauge so that the first drops don’t stick in the dust covered collector part, but zoom down into the inner cylinder (the part that magnifies the amount collected so you can read hundredths).  You don’t want any water molecules from those drops, “leaving the building” before they get in.

Here’s a photo of those thunderheads crossing the border yesterday afternoon:

2:58 PM.  A surprise sight.
2:58 PM. A surprise sight.

Nice to see some Cumulus mediocris shading Mt. Lemmon, too.

2:51 PM.  Mediocre Cumulus clouds hover over Lemmon.
2:51 PM. Mediocre Cumulus clouds hover over Lemmon.
7:18 PM.  By this time, Altocumulus clouds, including some lenticular ones were invading the sky,  Along with scattered Cirrus way above them, promised a great multi-colored sunset.
7:18 PM. By this time, Altocumulus clouds, including some lenticular ones were invading the sky, Along with scattered Cirrus way above them, promised a great multi-colored sunset.

And here it is, nine minutes later:

7:27 PM. Altocumulus and CIrrus clouds, due to their vastly different heights, provide contrasting sunset color.
7:27 PM. Altocumulus and CIrrus clouds, due to their vastly different heights, provide contrasting sunset color.

So, there are pretty much all of your clouds for yesterday. What more can I do?

The End

 

This just in:  just when you think you can’t possibly do anymore, this sunrise;

In case you missed it, today at 5:45 AM.  Clouds:  Altocumulus opacus.
In case you missed it, today at 5:45 AM. Clouds: Altocumulus opacus.