Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday morning sit rep

Wow! Between midnight and 9 am, I have already experienced several of my favorite activities, including: being awoken by thunder right overhead and walls rattling in the middle of the night; breakfast; and a swim in the rain!

Apparently, the thunderstorm hit between 12 and 1 am. It never occurred to me to get up, get dressed, and go outside to look, but apparently there was an SJSU presence outside :-)

Got a wake-up text at 6:30 am from Mike. Basically: "Cells are moving in - let's go!". Part of the group dashed off at 7:15 to experience the heavy cells moving in, with cores just west of us. I chose to walk across the street to Coco's for breakfast, and walk back in the heavy rain. Does that make me a slacker? (Warning: saying yes could reduce your grade!)

We had moderate-heavy rain for quite a spell this morning (in addition to overnight rain), so I persuaded the hotel staff to open the pool early. Which is how I came to be jumping in and bobbing around in rain at 8:45 am. Pool-hot tub-poll-hot tub - you get the picture.

All in all, it's been a very active morning, and it's only 9:30! We are now meeting to decide the plan for either the whole day, or the first half. Right now, radar is showing rain across much of western AZ west of I-17 (which runs from FLG down to Phoenix). Hence, we don't expect much heating there yet. A bit less activity to the east, so we're hoping the clouds will clear to allow heating to fire off storms later. The northeastern quadrant is looking promising. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to AZ stormchasing! Are you working with any locals?

    Today, insolation will definitely be a big player.

    I'm in Paradise Valley (10 mi NE of downtown Phoenix) and we got no rain last night. OTOH, a week or so ago, we got 2.5" (per a neighbor) in an hour, while a friend 3 mi W got nothing.

    Our monsoon is a lot of "almosts"!

    Good hunting.

    Oh - a suggestion... the raindrops in your background make the posts hard to read... you might want to dial them down a bit.