Wednesday, September 16, 2015

pains of transition... (pm.16.sep.15)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 52.7F (11.5C) -- during rain @ 2:20pm
High temp: 70.1F (21.2C)
Rainfall: 1.09" (2.8cm)

We have partly cloudy skies this evening as darkness settles in, and there is a dusting of white visible all along the Dhauladhars.  The batch of thundershowers that moved through between about 1:00 and 3:00pm was very robust, and included a period or two of small hail here in the middle of McLeod.  There was also a lot of wind as the storminess was coming to an end, and then a gradual return to sunshine as we finished off the day.  The low temperature of the day occurred during the middle of the rain/hail, and was the coolest I've recorded since way back on the 30th of April!  But -- the temp rebounded very quickly by the late afternoon.

So, it was an active Wednesday, with more of these very extreme swings from sunshine to clouds and thundershowers and back again to sun.  This kind of variability and volatility is part and parcel of what September is all about -- as blasts of drier air from the west-northwest keep trying to permanently displace the lingering monsoon moisture ebbing and flowing across much of the Indian subcontinent.

And this transition phase is far from over.  Extended range data from various computer models shows more surges and retreats, ebbs and flows, and general volatility in our overall weather pattern all the way through the end of the month.  The early total withdrawal of this year's monsoon season we had been fantasizing about does not look like it will square with reality.

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