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Thursday, August 25, 2016

monsoon in hiding... (pm.25.aug.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 64.0F (17.8C)
High temp: 74.9F (23.8C)
Rainfall: 0.02" (less than 1mm)

A nice evening is in progress, with a mix of clouds and patches of blue sky, no fog at all, and very pleasant temps remaining just above 70ºF/21ºC as dusk approaches.  The only rain today was a period of showers before dawn, and then just a few random sprinkles right around 7:00am -- and as you can see from the rainfall stats, it didn't amount to much at all.  But we are used to that lately.  Humidity has been in the range of 75 to 85% throughout the day.

In the last week I have recorded 1.27" (3.2cm) of rain, which is a mind-bogglingly small amount for a full week in late August.  And in the last ten days (since the 16th), I've measured less than 2 inches (5cm).  That tiny amount of rain in such a long span of time at this time of year is something I'm pretty sure I have not seen before.  We knew there was going to be a slowdown in monsoon conditions for a few days after the 15th-16th of this month, but the fact that our moisture resurgences since then have failed to trigger significant rainfall in our immediate area is bordering on surreal and bizarre.  But hey, that's nature, that's weather, and that's what keeps it forever interesting (I tell myself).

Several days ago I started to get into a slump, in terms of coming up with something to say here -- since the models are in a stage of irrelevance, and normal data, trends and guidance haven't connected with what is actually happening.  We are still around three weeks away from the normal/average withdrawal date of monsoon conditions in our area, and if there is not another phase or two of moderate to heavy rains before that time arrives, it will be very highly unusual...

Check rainfall stats for the last three months on tabs at the top of the page.