Thursday, September 10, 2015

it's spectacular... (pm.10.sep.15)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 62.4F (16.9C)
High temp: 77.3F (25.2C)
Rainfall: none

Just spectacular.  That's about all I can say about our weather conditions this evening at sunset -- or for almost all of the day, actually.  Brilliant morning sunshine only yielded to a moderate amount of cumulus cloud development in the vicinity of the mountains by the noon hour, but those clouds never really took over, and had largely dissipated again by the late afternoon.  It was the sunniest day since mid-June here in McLeod, and the warmest day since the 28th of June.  AND -- today marks the third day in a row without so much as a drop of rain -- the first three-day rainless streak since 16-18 June.

Those are some significant landmarks for us to be celebrating this early in the month of September, but it certainly looks like we've got a much different end-of-monsoon scenario to enjoy this year; compared to what we've seen since 2010.  Humidity readings today dipped as low as 50%, after hovering mainly in the 62-75% range during the first part of the week.  And that's just more evidence piled on that significant tropical moisture has been chased away.

According to all of the computer model data, we should stay in the clear for the next week to ten days at least.  We'll have a weak to moderate west-northwesterly flow in the mid- and upper levels of the atmosphere as next week arrives, and that should keep anything other than some random/isolated afternoon mountain thunder development from occurring.  There are hints of some kind of a retrogression of tropical moisture into our neighborhood after about the 22nd of the month, but that is far enough away that we'll have plenty of time to see whether or not it actually takes shape.

Check tabs above for THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK, monsoon rainfall info, and THE TRANSITION TO AUTUMN.