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Friday, August 19, 2016

lethargic for now... (pm.19.aug.16)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 65.8F (18.8C)
High temp: 76.2F (24.6C)
Rainfall: 0.33" (8mm) -- updated @ 7:55pm

For the second evening in a row, we have fabulous conditions to enjoy -- with equal parts clouds and blue sky, calm winds, pleasant temps, and no rain in the immediate area.  The day has been a good one, all around, with only a short period of scattered showers around the area late this afternoon to spice up the mix of sun and clouds.  Humidity at my location in the upper part of town ranged from about 64 to 83%, and limited rainfall has given us a four-day total which is well below normal for the middle of August.

BUT -- considering the fact that the first 15 days of the month were WAY above normal in terms of rainfall, this major slowdown since Tuesday is just part of nature's balance.  The deepest and richest tropical moisture, along with the best atmospheric dynamic energy for rain/thunder development remain southeast of us, but there has been a northwestward shift worth noting during the last 12-18 hours or so.  This evening, there is widespread rain and thundershower activity extending from central Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand into extreme southern Himachal, and most of the data shows more favorable conditions for a return to heavier rain encroaching upon us over the weekend.  It's always interesting to watch these surges and retreats, so let's see what we come up with by the time Monday arrives.

Honestly, there is no sign of the kind of consistently intense monsoon conditions that we endured between the very end of July and the 15th of August returning anytime soon, but bouts of heavier rain are still very likely as we finish off the last one-third of the month.

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