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Saturday, June 25, 2016

rain chances increasing... (pm.25.jun.16)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 68.4F (20.2C)

High temp: 78.0F (25.6C)
Rainfall: 0.09" (2mm)

It is partly cloudy, hazy and humid this evening during the hour before sunset, at the end of a day which would definitely have to be called variably cloudy.  We had periods of extensive clouds and also extensive sun, with pretty much all combinations and variations in between.  The highlight of the day was a round of rain showers from the late morning into the noon hour which produced just a small measurable amount of rain at my location in the upper part of town.  Small it was, but it was enough to register a measurement, so that prevents us from logging a third dry day in a row.  As far as humidity is concerned, the average was right around 66-68%, though it was as high as 75% for a while during those showers.

According to the models, it might be just about time to get down to business with regard to some actual monsoon conditions around here.  A much more moisture-laden airmass is poised to advance into our area by late tomorrow, with increasing moisture throughout different layers of the atmosphere expected day by day as the week unfolds.  I will be very surprised if we don't see a pretty dramatic increase in intensity and frequency of rain showers (and some thunderstorms) starting as early as tomorrow, but especially into Tuesday and Wednesday and beyond.

In addition to the better chance of rain, we should see some periods of thick clouds and fog as well, as humidity jumps up into the 80-90% range for extended hours at a time.  Yes, it looks like our monsoon season may actually start to behave like it...