Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fast-hitting Cold Rains

Rain event, so far, was characterized by a fast-hitting area of cold rain that swept across the Tucson area from about noon to 2:30 pm. Every ALERT gauge in the Pima County network had measurable rain last six hours, except for the high elevation stations, which had a burst of heavy snow. Thus a 100% coverage event that brought amounts of 2/10 to 5/10 of an inch - 0.24" here in the backyard. Snow level came down fairly low, so that some heavy cover is peaking out from the Catalinas at about 3500 to 4000 ft MSL. Photos above both from a bit before 1 pm show the rains and clouds obscuring the Catalinas and that it was snowing up on Kitt Peak. And the next act will be?

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