Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The "Costanza Storm"

As discussed in the previous post, the large-scale pattern we are currently in is one in which our weather is coming from the east rather than the west.  Thus, like George Costanza in Seinfeld, it is best to go against your instincts and "do the opposite."

Case in point are the showers over the Salt Lake Valley this morning, which moved into the area from the southeast.

It felt very odd this morning with a light steady rain falling, a relative humidity of 88%, and a dewpoint of 61ºF.

The trough responsible for the easterly flow and the showers is not in a hurry to vacate the Intermountain West.  It looks like it will give us unsettled weather through at least Saturday.

Addendum @ 9:15 am:

The photo below shows some beautiful lenticular clouds that formed in response to the SE flow across the central Wasatch.

1 comment:

  1. You should check out some of the precipitation totals and stream flows in South-Central and Southeastern Utah...pretty impressive. Most stations on Mesowest that record precipitation are between 1.5 and 4 inches for the past few days including 2.5 inches at many locations like Bullfrog. There has to have been flash flooding all over the place. The Dirty Devil is now over 7000 CFS, which is similar to the Colorado and Green combined with the San Juan near 8000 CFS. Lake Powell is actually on the rise at a pretty good clip right now.