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Friday, August 12, 2016

overdue for a break... (pm.12.aug.16)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 63.2F (17.3C)
High temp: 68.8F (20.4C)
Rainfall: 0.37" (9mm) --updated @ 8:00pm

We're in the midst of one of those rare gorgeous mid-monsoon evenings that come along once in a while -- with some good visibility off to the southwest, patches of blue sky, and vivid views of the lush green mountain slopes all around.  Most of the day has featured a lot of cloudiness, several periods of thick fog, and occasional periods of rain showers and drizzle, but we're finishing the day on a much nicer note.  I'll have to update that rainfall total later this evening, but even with the brief heavier showers scattered around the area around 5:00pm, today's total will be nowhere near what we saw yesterday.

I have measured nearly 29" (73.7cm) of rain in the last TWO WEEKS, which means we've had a daily average above 2" (5cm) since the last couple of days of July.  The end of July and the first half of August are SUPPOSED to be wet -- the wettest period of the year on average -- but that kind of rainfall is really impressive, and above the norm.  We are definitely overdue for an ebbing phase of this recently active to very active period of Monsoon 2016, and at least according to the models, there is hope.

Some drier air working in from the northwest should chip away at the very deep tropical moisture which has been jammed up against the western Himalayas recently, and although I doubt that we'll see a total end to rain shower development, there should be some brighter periods mixed in, with average daily humidity readings dropping by about 10-15% or so.  Let's see if that provides an improvement to our quality of life during the coming several days...

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