Tuesday, September 1, 2015

moody september... (pm.01.sep.15)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 61.3F (16.3C)
High temp: 69.9F (21.1C)
Rainfall: 0.58" (1.5cm) -- total for the day

This first evening of September is a gorgeous one... with only a few scattered patches of clouds left over as the sky darkens.  We did have a rather active few hours between about 2:15 and 5:30pm, with lots of cloudiness, some occasional fog, and several periods of moderate rain showers and thunder.  All of that followed a sunny early morning which yielded to the first traces of cloud development by 10:00am.  My high temp in the upper part of town remained just below the 70ºF mark for only the second time since the 9th of August.

If you've been here riding out the monsoon season, the arrival of September is at least a psychological boost.  Although the rains don't suddenly and miraculously stop as the calendar turns, there are improvements which become more and more apparent as we progress through the month, and we usually have an official end-of-monsoon declaration from the Indian Met Department by the end of the third week.  But every year is different and filled with its very own nuances and quirks -- so follow along here if you're interested in how things are playing out.

The way things stand at the moment, the extended range models are showing a very lackluster pattern all the way into the middle of September.  That means there's a total absence of any indication of a resurgence of deep tropical moisture... which is pretty good news for us up here along the slopes of the Dhauladhars.  However, we also don't have a definitive "clean sweep" of lingering tropical moisture showing up on the horizon just yet.  SO -- extreme variability between sun, clouds and mainly PM showers/thunder will continue to be the theme.

Check MONSOON 2015: RAINFALL TALLY for the latest precipitation data for this season, along with THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK on tabs above.