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Monday, July 11, 2016

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*UPDATE @ 9:42pm... The rainfall total for the entire day has doubled since 8:20pm (see stats below).  For the moment, the rain has diminished.

*UPDATE @ 9:09pm... Very heavy rain in progress the last 20 minutes or so.  The flow of air from the south and south-southeast has kicked in, bringing in that robust surge of tropical moisture blasting up against the mountains that we've been waiting for.

*UPDATE @ 8:47pm... The rain has intensified again, so the rainfall tally for the day continues to go up.  Check back for an updated total in the stats section just below.

*UPDATE @ 7:58pm... That 'loaded atmosphere' has finally decided to empty itself a little.  We've had a very heavy downpour of rain which started around 7:15pm, and seems to be tapering off now.  I only glanced at the rain gauge as I came in, but it looks like something in the neighborhood of 1.00" (2.5cm) in just the past 45mins or so.


Monday's stats:

Low temp: 66.4F (19.1C)

High temp: 73.7F (23.2C) -- updated
Rainfall: 2.32" (5.9cm) -- total through midnight

We've had more of these very brief light rain showers on-and-off since the mid-afternoon, in addition to the very light showers before dawn today.  But the impact on/in the rain gauge has been paltry at best, up til now.  At this moment there are some sprinkles of rain with thick clouds and fog -- as humidity pushes 93-95%.  The last two days we've had the highest average daily humidity readings of the entire monsoon season thus far, in spite of the low rainfall totals.

The latest surge of deep tropical moisture that we've been anticipating the last several days is moving in right now, and will push our atmosphere to the saturation point (and keep it there) for much of this week.  The computer models contunue to show heavier rain amounts across most of the outer ranges of the north Indian Himalayas as we move toward Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and I am very interested to see what kind of rainfall tally we can amass in the next 5-6 days or so.  Recently, we've dropped behind the pace for normal July rainfall, so we've definitely got some catching up to do.

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