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Jimmy Stewart's Prediction: Chance Of Rain, 10%

Thunderhead from Signal Hill Picnic Area, Saguaro National Park West

Chance of rain, 10%.  Overnight low in the 60's.  That's what Jimmy Stewart, our Channel 4 Weatherman, predicted on last night's news for the Tucson area.

Look at the downpour in the center right of the photo.  This is a true desert thunderstorm.

When it rains here in our desert southwest, we rarely have the sort of storms I experienced back on Long Beach Island, NJ, where the entire sky would scud over with low gray clouds, and the rain or drizzle seemed to be universal.

Here in our quiet little community of Tucson Estates 2, (east of the Avra Valley, and west of the Tucson Mountains) what you see in my photo is much more the norm.  It will be pouring down rain somewhere else, while the sky above us is blue.

Chance of rain, 10%.  What it means is that 90% of the viewing area will stay dry.  It sure makes for a beautiful photo op, though, doesn't it?  Picture postcard perfect!  You'll have to come visit soon.


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Comment balloon 30 commentsMike Jones • September 19 2009 04:51AM


It is pretty...and "rain appropriate" hmmm ? We have not had any for a few weeks which is a little unusual for Wisconsin...supposed to rain big time tomorrow...and we will welcome it !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 11 years ago

Sally or David,

Thanks for being the first to comment; what are you doing up in the middle of the night?  LOL  I hope both of you aren't wide awake!

We love it when we get rain, and I particularly like storms.  I always have, since I was just a kid.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

What a beautiful picture Mike! Our storms in Kansas City are more like New Jersey storms...

Posted by Crystal Webster, The Heritage Home Team (The Heritage Home Team (Keller Williams)) over 11 years ago

I usually like the rain but today I hope it goes away for our baseball tournaments. I wont get any great shots like this but I will have un.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

I love when it rains in the desert. Thanks for sharing your picture with us this morning

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 11 years ago

Mike, Neat shot! I do miss the desert southwest...

Helping you live your American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

I've seen this.  While riding through Nebraska, in the sky behind us we could see a shorm just like the one in your photo. 

It was like there was a stovepipe of rain and the rest of the sky was clear. 

Amazing and fortunate to observe these scenes.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago


This one was easy :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

There you go again!  :)  That is one beautiful shot, Mike.  As are all your photos.  It's amazing what Mother Nature can paint for us. 

(OK - I'm heading for the Tuscon Trip envelope.  Time to put a $20 in.)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Gorgeous shot (as always).  Have never been to Tuscon but hope to one day.  Have a good weekend. :)

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) over 11 years ago

Nice shot!  That's an interesting twist on looking at the weather forecast.  10% rain but 90% dry everywhere else. 

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago

Mike, desert thunder storms can be quite spectacular. I seen some good ones in New Mexico. Nice Photo!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago



Oh how I appreciate ya'...the photos and the humor...

Posted by ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com ( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Mike--I'd take that 10%! We've been as dry as a desert up here. Glad to see your weather predictions are as accurate as ours. Beautiful photo as usual!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago


It's never supposed to be dry in the "Land of 10,000 lakes."  I hope you get some rain up there.

'Lina JaneAnne,



I wish that we had a few photo-happy bloggers on Active Rain from New Mexico. It's a magnificent state!


I found out when I move here that "10" (or 20, 30, etc) percent chance of rain means that it will likely rain over that percentage of the television station's viewing area.  Never knew that before.


Just a little plan...  See Carol's comment just before you.  She's implementing her plan. :)


Way to go!  Twenty bucks!


I'm enjoying the blues song while I'm working here.  I keep going back and clicking the start button.  THANKS!


Your description is perfect:  ...a stovepipe of rain.


There's a cure for that!  Come on back and visit!


You're welcome!


Good job on the new HD photo!


Thanks for stopping by to comment.  I'll see you in a few minutes over on your Kansas City blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Jimmy Stewart, how ironic! An earlier Jimmy Stewartdid a radio program called "The Six Shooter"in which he described this sky. When I use to travel so much I often listen to tapes of those old shows. I loved his movies but I loved those tapes!

Thanks for another great start on the day!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

I've seen many gorgeous sights such as this one since I've move to Arizona but have never been able to capture the picture as beautiful as you have.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 11 years ago


I have a patented three step method for capturing images like this one, and if you promise not to tell anyone else, I'll share it with you.  Just you.

1.  Always carry your camera. (Most important step)

2.  Stop the car and get out.

3.  Take the picture.

LOL!  I hope time allows me to catch up with you and your client on Monday in Scottsdale to say "Hi."


I wonder if those tapes are available on CD?  Wouldn't that be fun?!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Wow, Mike! What a beautiful photo! I'm glad you've got a chance of some rain. We had another shower here this morning of much-needed rain--hurrah!



Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) over 11 years ago

Mike, a gorgeous shot.  I can remember while driving, we could actually see the rain and drove right into it, then out of it...was really weird.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 11 years ago

Hello Mike, that is a great scene!  Around here when we get clouds they sometimes to everything but rain!  I have those days where it would would just rain to let the clounds clear out!  John  PS - we do bask in the knowledge that we in Vancouver WA get about 1 whole week more of cloud-free days than they do in Seattle!

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago

Mike - You always have such beautiful clouds and thanks for the peek!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Vegas Bob,

You're welcome!  I like looking up.


My Darlin' and I love Vancouver!


It is pretty awesome, isn't it?!


I'm glad you got some rain.  Now send a little more down here.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Also looks like a Texas afternoon thunderstorm that would drop five inches of rain in an hour.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 11 years ago

That's gorgeous, Mike. I suspect you have the opportunity to get a lot of great shots like that over there.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 11 years ago

That is a gorgeous photo Mike.  I hope you made and 8 X 10 and framed it!  Would make a good painting, as well. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago


You can get a framed 8 X 10 photo at the Wild Bird Store on Ina & Oracle or at Baker's Fine Furniture on Grant near Tucson Blvd.


We certainly do!


We love when these "drenchers" hit us now and then.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Of that same photo? 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

What a beautiful photo - I love to watch a storm approach.

The three step method is pretty cool - thanks for sharing it!

Posted by Laurie Logan, South Central WI Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate) about 11 years ago


Yes, among others.


Thanks for stopping by and reading.  The thing that surprises me about blogging is the number of subscribers.  It's a whole other world for me here in the Rain, and it's been fantastic for my business.  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

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