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Thursday, October 24, 2013

sun/cloud combo again... (am.24.oct.13)>

Wednesday's high temp: 63.9F (17.7C)
This morning's low temp: 55.8F (13.2C)
24 hour rainfall: none

There are no clouds visible from my vantage point just before sunrise this morning, but it is quite hazy.  The temp is close to 56F (13.3C), and humidity remains quite high -- at 76%.

I haven't personally seen a single rain drop since Sunday afternoon, although there could have been some random sprinkles or a light shower somewhere along the mountain slopes during the past couple of days.  But -- despite the scarcity of rain, there's still a heck of a lot of cloud development here on the front side of the Dhauladhars, mainly during the afternoon hours.  Yesterday was particularly gloomy, with some of the thickest cloudiness I've seen since the beginning of the month, and some haze and light fog as well.

Although there are some seasonal shifts occurring in the upper atmosphere which will allow gradually cooler and cooler air to seep southward across the mountains, I'm not sure what it's going to take to get rid of this lingering moisture responsible for our daily episodes of cloudiness.  Ironically, what we really need right now is a round of strong thunderstorms to flush out this moisture and transfer drier air down from the upper levels in its wake... but that doesn't look very likely.

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