[Geysers] Norris & Steamboat datastream...

Ralph Taylor ralpht at fuse.net
Fri Aug 16 22:47:07 PDT 2013

If the sensor is uncovered and exposed to the sun a pronounced diurnal cycle
will be evident also.

Ralph Taylor

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Subject: Re: [Geysers] Norris & Steamboat datastream...

Brian Davis wrote:

> noticed something else odd - not at Steamboat, but at nearly every other
instrumented Norris spot, there was a sudden temperature drop on the evening
of 9 Aug. Porkchop, Opalescent Spring, Constant, Echinus, all show this -
but when I look at the Nuphar Lake air temperature, there is *not* a huge
drop (but there *is* a drop... and there's a drop in the Vixen ground
temperature, but later in time than for the geyser runoff channels). Even
things like the Gray Lakes show this downward spike very clearly. So a
question for those who might know... was there one *heck* of a sudden
downburst out there that flooded everything with cold rainwater for a very
brief time? 

I was camping just outside the park, and there were several thunderstorms
the afternoon and evening of the 9th. It is possible.

>And if so, does it surprise anyone else that it shows up almost not at 
>all at Steamboat (where the channel sensor presumably has been dry or
sitting in a stagnant pool, and so I'd expect to see a strong response to  a
sudden downburst of cold rain)?

The afternoon of the 10th, Steamboat's runoff channel was indeed dry, with
rain puddles lingering in some of the deeper holes. It wasn't having minors
yet, and Cistern Spring was still out of sight, boiling and sloshing.

If the sensor is high and dry, it's only going to see a similar sized drop
as the Nuphar Lake sensor as the air cools; if it's in a stagnant pool, the
pool is already near air temperature, and perhaps already full of rainwater
from an earlier shower. It doesn't have as far to drop as a sensor in a hot
place does.

Without knowing exactly where the sensor is, all we can do is speculate.

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