This is the first Dolly II transmission from our neighbour: Quiubo David!..me reporta Ciro mucha lluvia por la sierra como lo mencionas. Pero todo bien, la humedad será de mucho provecho para un otoño-invierno generosos
It essentially states that the mayordomo of his place reports a lot of rain in the Sierra, as I had mentioned (Rafael read my email to him from very early this morning, where I gave him my radar interpretation of the area down there). He states, ''But all is well, the wetness will be much enjoyed for a generous autumn and winter. I shall continue to inform."
As best we can tell there was a fairly late arrival to the base of the Sierra de El Cautivo cordillera of the Sierra Madre Oriental range of mountains upon whose skirts the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre is found. As you all know this is a well-established destination for all manner of easterly tropical waves, depressions, storms, and hurricanes to bash their brains and guts out, especially from August through November of any given year....almost every given year. Rains along the faces of the various ridges can range from 10 to 50 inches over a three day period in those mountains to the direct west of the Quinta....from 3 to 20 miles away. At that 20 mile point is the monster peak of Pen~a Nevada (snowy peak) that reaches up to 13,000 fasl. Run-off comes mainly towards us from the Canyon of El Tigre, which forms the springs of the origin of the Rio Corona. Also of importance is the Rio San Pedro a little to the south, and the rivulet El Guayaba a bit to the north of the birthplace of the Rio Corona.
Whew! All that said, we tracked the storm Dolly, Junior at its inception, which is something old men do. It was not a typical storm. On the 2nd of September all sources declared that it would go ashore during the early morning hours of the 2nd of September, a Tuesday. near Tampico. It did not do that. It broke apart in a way, with much convection separating to the south and also so the east. One segment of the storm's energy went slight to shore just north of Tampico, about 25 miles north, at a place where Christian has fished on a couple of occasions, to great success, called Barra del Tordo. But 90% of the storm's energy remained at sea. The centre was identified by the official sources as having shifted to the south, near Tuxpan, but that was simply an error. The NOAA analysts followed the lesser, and more visible by satellite and fly-over, spin-off vortex to the south, while another shifted under the high-cloud canopy, during the night back to the east-northeast, about 80 miles deeper into the Gulf's very warm water.
Then, on Wednesday, but later in the day, the larger portion of the energy mass moved in two directions. One was to the north-northeast towards northern Tamaulipas and the southernmost tip of Texas. The other energy mass, somewhat smaller began to move fairly slowly to just north of due west. Both of the blocks of rain can be measured by observing that they were either side of the size of the State of Kansas. So yesterday, a Wednesday, the 3rd of September, northernmost Tamaulipas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley picked up 2 to 8 inches of needed rains. Given the extra time allowed by Dolly Junior's dawdling in the Gulf almost all of the Valley's cotton crop was either processed at gins or heavily protected at the point of harvest with high quality sheets of heavy duty, tie-down plastic.
I am awaiting an advisory from Rafael Salazar de Leon, the hacendado of the Hacienda de La Vega, who will be sending your humble servant and relative a summary of events, without solicitation. It is one of our blessings that he treats your home as his own in terms of assessment of needed works or adaptations, during my absence, as I do to his compound, plantings, machinery, and structures in his and his family's absence. Upon receipt of the report of damages and casualties from the battlefront, we shall advise you all by that instant.
El Gringo Viejo
(also known as El Gringo Viejo)