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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 62.2F (16.8C)
High temp: 71.6F (22.0C)
Rainfall: 0.11" (3mm)

We have clouds, patches of fog, random showers and some fleeting patches of blue sky out there this evening... at the end of a day which has been filled with lots of variation in sky conditions, again.  We've had periods of bright sunshine, but also a lot of cloudiness for most of the day -- BUT -- unless something happens in the next several hours, the rainfall tally at my location the upper part of town will be the lowest daily total since the 26th of July.  Yes, there have again been scattered showers (and thunder) in the vicinity, mainly between about 2:45 and 4:00pm, but not like we've seen during the last two or three days.  Humidity was as low as 72% this morning, but has pushed 90% again early this evening.

It seems that we are indeed getting some semblance of a slow-down in monsoon conditions which have been abnormally active and intense this August.  It's about time, and let's see if we can continue to enjoy more of these periods of sunshine and relatively lower humidity over the course of the next few days.  Of course the risk of shower/thunder development will not be out of the picture, and we all know that sudden downpours can make us quickly forget about the sunny skies earlier in the day.

Most of the model trends indicate a gradual return of deeper tropical moisture as we ease into the weekend and beyond, so it will be a good idea to relish the comparatively drier and more pleasant conditions while we can...

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