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Sunday, August 21, 2016

atmospheric hesitation... (pm.21.aug.16)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 66.0F (18.9C)
High temp: 72.6F (22.6C)
Rainfall: trace

There's a lot of variability between clouds, fog and the fading sunlight this evening, with pleasant temps but rather high humidity (near 90%).  Apart from just a few minutes of very light drizzle late this afternoon that I noticed as I was heading into town, we've had a day without measurable rainfall for the first time since the 20th of July.  Clouds were rather thick at times, however, with some periods of fog which were most prevalent during the mid-afternoon.

It's been one of those days that has defied nearly all of the model guidance.  From satellite pics, it looks like there was barely any rainfall at all across Himachal Pradesh, or most of the rest of northern India for that matter.  That, in spite of the fact that the moisture content of our air mass is higher than it was for most of last week.  Although the necessary moisture is in place for periods of heavy rain showers, there have obviously been some missing dynamic ingredients today.  Overall conditions are expected to change very little throughout this coming week, so it's a matter of time before it all 'clicks' and we get our next dumpings of moderate to heavy rain.  As we've seen over and over, about the time we're ready to give up on it will be the moment that the heavens unload.

We have ten days left in August to come up with only 6.6" (16.8cm) of rain to reach the normal amount for the month.  Follow the detailed rainfall stats on tabs above...