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Sunday, September 22, 2013

flirting with moisture... (pm.22.sep.13)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 64.6F (18.1C)
High temp: 75.2F (24.0C)
Rainfall: none

There's a mix of clouds, fog, and also some fleeting patches of blue sky at sunset this evening.  We've been pretty socked in with clouds and fog since around 5pm, but the day in general hasn't been bad at all -- it has been the very definition of a 'partly sunny' kind of day.  Humidity remains on the high side, mostly 55-75%, much like yesterday, with pleasant temperatures.  As far as I am aware, there were no showers today up to this point, making this the seventh day in a row with no measurable rain.

A full week without measurable rainfall is really something to celebrate, especially when it occurs during the third week of September.  Although monsoon moisture is alive enough to our south and east to keep us flirting with some clouds and fog, anything more than isolated showers/thundershowers have had a hard time developing here in the western part of Himachal Pradesh.  Delhi got slammed with some heavy rain yesterday, and today there has been widespread rainfall across southern Rajasthan and Gujarat, but nothing of consequence has appeared up here along the mountains.

This reprise of tropical moisture that has been bumping up against us since late Friday night will be gradually retreating to the south and east again during the coming 24-36 hours or so.  I think it's still possible for us to get a round of thundershowers between now and Tuesday, so keep that in mind -- but humidity should plunge again by the middle of the week.  That means we should be in line for sunny, dry and warm days, apart from a bit of cloud/fog development during the late afternoon/evening hours.

By the way, the autumnal equinox will occur at 2:14am tomorrow (Mon) morning, signaling the official arrival of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

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