Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rain Intensity Table

I was doing some research on the water cycle for a class when I ran across this table on the USDA website. It quantitatively defines precipitation of different intensities, and I found it to be interesting.


An early October cold front gave me a nice wake up this morning at around 5:00. Lots of lightning and 0.35" of rain fell (as of 6:00) in response to the squall line. The parent Low pressure center is currently marching into Wisconsin giving our friends up there another soaking, giving them a relief from a dry September.

The snow returns on the national radar is becoming more common each day. It won't be long!

4 comments:

OSNW3 said...

I like the data on the water cycle. How in the world do we measure the size of a single rain drop anyway... and at what rate it is falling?!

It's giving a nice soaking that is fo sho!

WxWatcher said...

lol, you'd have to be real quick with a micrometer. What's interesting is that this study was done in the 50s. With technology advances over the last 50 years, I wonder if we would get different data.

OSNW3 said...

Speaking of snow...

Seems there may have been some mix precip falling over the Northwoods last night... I noticed that the CoCoRaHS observations didn't report any signs of flakes though...

Check out the radar by clicking the "daily weather description" for today's observation from the October Daily Observation page.

Potential first freeze for me coming soon! I've a golf tournament on Sunday. Forecast high temp of 46° with partly cloudy skies, HAHA. This is the last golf I will play for the 2009 season... :)

WxWatcher said...

There sure are some pink echos happening, aren't there? Boy, the time is coming soon till you get your first flakes.

That system sure was a quick mover, wasn't it?

Golf at 46 degrees?? cooold...

We had our first frost this morning. Low temps were in the mid 30s in the area, and the metal building next to my classroom had a nice covering of frost. I took a picture, and will post it when I get the chance.