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**Our early Sunday morning round of thundershowers is winding down now (8:20am)... after depositing 1.18" (3.0cm) in the rain gauge.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

#2 rain event of the season... (pm.27.aug.16)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 61.2F (16.2C)
High temp: 68.7F (20.4C)
Rainfall: 5.15" (13.1cm) -- thru midnight

All or nothing.  Feast or famine.  That has been the story of this second half of August.  Today's rainfall has been the second-largest total of the entire monsoon season, and has made up for all the dry (or barely wet) days of the past week.  Light rain showers (with some thunder and lightning) got going somewhere around 2:00am, but the heavier rain waited until around 8:00am to materialize, with the very heaviest rain of all happening between roughly 11:00am and 1:30pm.  After that, we've had occasional light to moderate showers throughout the rest of the day, and even now as dusk sets in.

The August rainfall deficit that had built up since the 15th of the month has now been mostly erased -- in the space of just 15-16 hours or so.  We now lack just over an inch of rain in the next four days to reach the normal/average total for August.

It still looks like a few rounds of moderate to heavy showers could occur during the next several days, but the models are showing a fairly impressive push of drier air coming in from the west-northwest by Friday or Saturday, which could possibly send humidity readings down below 50% for the first time since June.  The last few weeks of the monsoon season are always tedious times, with hopes of lasting drier weather dashed by little surges of lingering tropical moisture.  So get ready for plenty of ups and downs as we cross into September...

Of course all of the rainfall stats for this monsoon season are available on tabs above.