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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

recovery mode... (pm.19.jul.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 63.5F (17.5C)

High temp: 75.2F (24.0C)
Rainfall: 0.08" (2mm)

For the second day in a row, I've recorded less than one-tenth of an inch of rainfall, following a week in which we received nearly 16 inches (40cm).  There were only a couple of brief periods of showers during the mid-afternoon which never really got going, but we remain cloudy this evening with lots of fog in the area.  The day started out with brilliant sunshine, which is something that doesn't happen very frequently during July and August, but the clouds were already rapidly on the increase by 11:00am.  Humidity was all over the place today -- ranging from near 60% during the mid-morning, up to 95% at times this afternoon and evening.

We are obviously in a rather dead phase of the monsoon right now, as expected, as the deepest tropical moisture has retreated, and other dynamics are not favorable for anything other than very isolated shower/thunder development across Himalayan north India.  It's very nice to get a breather now and then.

Already it seems clear that there will be another strong push of that tropical moisture and its attendant increase in heavy rain potential by late Thursday, and especially on Friday into Saturday.  We are just 12" (30.5cm) short of the normal/average rainfall total for the month of July, with eleven days to go -- so it's probably not going to be that great of a challenge to get there.

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