h/t to George in this comment on the Utah Wet posting for the image
OK, we had the rains. There is more on the way, but it cleared last night long enough for me to get a 5 minute view of the total eclipse of the moon; and today it’s bright outside, even if no sun is visible behind the clouds. May even make it through the day without being rained out…
We were watching the Western Rain in this posting:
Now the question becomes: Where did that water go, and was there a lot of it reaching the ground?
First up, Arizona.
It’s a bit off the storm track and has been having a bit of a drouth lately. All we’re looking for here is something to be getting back toward normal, even just a little. It’s still ‘way early’ in the storm cycle and we’ve only just started having the storm door open. Furthermore, Arizona is in an odd position. It gets some of the California type cycle, but it also gets some of the eastern style with thunderstorms in summer. Sometimes small hurricanes run up the Gulf of California and dump a load on Phoenix. Very strange place some times.
Based on historical stream flow to date, they are having some significant drought conditions. Does the present stream flow offer any hope of this resolving?
Still some spots that didn’t get rained upon, but generally “normal” stream flow. Hey, maybe that drought is slowly coming to an end? I note that Flagstaff is way above normal now, so their drouth looks to be ending.
Utah Stream Flow
How is Utah looking in all this?
Well. Quite a few well above normal. Those “black dots” in the lower left corner are a bit of a worry too.
Looks to me like this “Gully Washer” is turning into a “Frog Drowner” or “Frog Strangler” as my Texas Uncle Ken likes to call them…
California had first dibs on the clouds, did it also get a boat load of rain?
(Did we ever… but here’s the map to show it.)
Talk about being beaten black and blue…
Whooo-Wheee! Look at all those black dots down in the Los Angeles Basin area! Makes those paltry “above normal” and “much above normal” up where I am look positively anemic in comparison… Though I’m thinking maybe I ought to go eyeball the creek about 1/2 mile from me… I’m up hill from it, but only about 3 feet. It’s flooded the houses in the 100 feet next to it before… (but never gotten even close to me in the nearly 30 years we’ve lived here… wait, where have I heard that 30 year number before 8-}
We’ve had a heck of a storm, and we’ve been able to watch it from clouds, to rain, to stream flow levels. Kind of neat, isn’t it? We’ve also seen the historical studies that show this western basin gets more water when a cycle turns to cooling. We clearly had less water during the recent warming part of the cycle. (The Arizona Drought Map and the Lake Mead water level show that). So if the “Warmers” want to assert that the increased droughts were due to “Warming” then they must also accept that the recent turn to wetter is due to the cooling half of the cycle which we have entered.
But water cycles take time to work. So we’ll get to watch this part of the show for the next year or two as it slowly unfolds.