Sunday, June 12, 2016

pre-monsoon elements... (pm.12.jun.16)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 66.6F (19.2C)
High temp: 82.2F (27.9C)
Rainfall: trace

It's mostly cloudy this evening, and I've just heard some thunder rumbling to the north-northwest.  Our sky condition has been all over the place today -- periods of sun, periods of clouds, and every combination in between.  Just before noon it was already looking like we were going to get some thundershower action, but there was only a bit of thunder and some brief very light rain showers and sprinkles until around 1:00pm.  I was in Dharamkot at the time, so I don't know if there were any raindrops here in McLeod proper - or not.  At any rate, it's been a rather quiet Sunday up til now.  Humidity averaged right around 45%, with temps a little bit below normal for the middle of June.

There's no way to ignore the threat of scattered shower/thunder development, now that we are tip-toeing into the pre-monsoon weeks.  The moisture content of our atmosphere is expected to be on the increase during the coming several days, giving us the first taste of a tropical air mass this season.  The upper-level pattern is very diffuse and ill-defined, but that's what we expect this time of year as the jet-stream flow gets forced very far to our north.  Hit-and-miss thundershowers could pop up any time of the day or night, but it's still looking like we're going to see a better chance of more significant rain sometime during the Wednesday to Friday time frame.

Even more so than those increasing chances of rain, rising humidity is really the tell-tale sign that the monsoon season is on its way -- so that humidity reading will be the thing to watch as we move into the latter part of the month.

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