Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rainfall Amounts Yesterday

I forgot to mention the rainfall produced by yesterday’s storms. First, 61 of the 93 Pima County ALERT network gauges caught rainfall, so coverage was way up from previous days. Most amounts were light, half an inch or less. The maximum amount I saw was 1.02” at a station in Oro Valley. Here at house we had 0.19” and winds were not particularly strong, estimated only 20 to 30 mph.

The strong north-northwest outflow that came around the east flanks of the Catalinas really flared-up the Guthrie fire and there was a spectacular, ground-hugging plume of smoke blowing off the fire. Unfortunately, I could not get a decent photo of it.

The photo above shows the storms on the west flanks of the Catalinas heading into Oro Valley.

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