We're back to totally clear skies at sunrise this morning. The temp is 61.8F (16.6C), with humidity hovering right around 90%. Last night's clouds, fog and drizzle finally cleared out, but waited until very late to do so. I ended up with 0.08" (2mm) in my rain gauge -- most of that occurred with a brief but heavier shower right around 8:30pm.
Despite the shifts in mainly the upper-level pattern taking place, the main issue dominating our weather situation is the ridiculously high moisture content of the air mass that remains entrenched here along the front slopes of the mountains. It is so moisture-packed, that it only takes a couple of hours of sunshine in the morning to lift and condense it into fairly widespread clouds and fog. There are only the most subtle hints of any moisture reduction in the coming days, so I am close to being convinced that we're not going to benefit very much from any large-scale pattern shifts.
Rainfall does look like it will be rather sparse and spotty during the next couple of days, but there are indications of yet another increase in shower/thundershower potential by the middle of the week. Once again, I really wish there was something on the horizon that would indicate a major, long-term clearing trend -- but there's not. We'll just have to continue savoring the few hours of sun that we can manage to squeeze out in the midst of a very abnormal October wx scenario.
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