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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

evening spoiler... (pm.17.aug.16)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 62.2F (16.8C) -- updated
High temp: 72.7F (22.6C)
Rainfall: 0.49" (1.2cm) -- updated @ 8:00pm

Well things have turned very dramatically on us this evening -- here at the end of a day which was looking like it would go down in the books as one of the most uneventful days of the month.  But thundershowers, intense ones at that, have developed since just after 6:00pm, and are providing us with some moderate to heavy showers, thunder and lightning, and very gusty north-northeasterly winds.  We had beautiful sunshine early this morning, again, with cloud development leading to some very brief, light sprinkles and showers around mid-day into the mid-afternoon.  But then the sun broke out again, and it really did look like we were going to make it through the day with very little rainfall.  But now that has changed.

The mid-August territorial battles are obviously in progress... as that drier air to the northwest we've been talking about for several days gets continually challenged by little surges of more moisture-laden and energy-packed tropical air coming in from the south and southeast.  That's why we've had so many wild swings in conditions this entire week so far.  Humidity dropped all the way down to 64% this morning with the bright sunshine, but we've got something quite different going on this evening.

Every year during the latter part of August I hear people talking about the imminent end to the monsoon, after only a day or two of drier/brighter conditions.  Don't listen to that talk.  We've got lots more of Monsoon 2016 in our future...

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