Monday, August 31, 2015

closing august books... (pm.31.aug.15)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 58.5F (14.7C)
High temp: 73.4F (23.0C)
Rainfall: 0.90" (2.3cm) -- updated @ 7:50pm

A hefty thundershower is in progress at the time of this writing -- with some moderate to heavy rain, thunder, and gusty winds at times.  The skies have looked threatening ever since the mid-afternoon, but it took until after 6:00pm for things to finally pop.  We did have abundant sunshine to start the day, with developing clouds and occasional fog not really taking over until after 2:00pm.

There are only a few hours left in the month of August, which looks like it will end with very close to 40" (101cm) in the rain bucket.  That would be roughly 4" (10cm) above normal.  The vast majority of that precipitation occurred during the first half of the month, but we've still been getting very healthy downpours on a regular basis during the past fifteen days, which has kept the rainfall tally ticking upward.

Our thundershowers the last several days have been triggered by a west-northwesterly flow aloft bringing in some upper-level energy -- which has encountered lingering tropical moisture here along the southwest-facing slopes of the Himalayan ranges.  It's a classic 'late monsoon' scenario for us, which also consists of pockets of relatively drier air providing a few hours of sunshine on a daily basis -- along with lower average daily humidity readings.  This kind of variety and variability will be the main theme as we progress into and through the first week to ten days of September.  Overall, the trend will be toward more pleasant conditions... just be aware of the risk of a flare-up of rain and thunder on any given day, especially during the PM hours.

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