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Monday, October 10, 2016

lowest humidity in many months... (pm.10.oct.16)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 59.2F (15.1C)
High temp: 71.2F (21.8C)
Rainfall: 0.04" (1mm)

It is a classically clear and calm and peaceful October evening, as the colors start to fade in the western sky.  Humidity at my location in the upper part of town dipped all the way down to 35% during the mid-morning, which is something that hasn't happened in more than four months.  It did rebound to around 55% with the thundershower development during the afternoon, but still -- that's a far cry from what we were dealing with this time last week.  Bright sunshine gave way to partly cloudy skies by the late morning, as we were anticipating, and there were those rumbles of thunder and brief light showers between about 1:00pm and 4:15pm, but then things cleared out quickly very early this evening.

The series of upper-level disturbances and pockets of colder air aloft that began to affect north India yesterday finally did succeed in stirring up a few feeble thundershowers along the mountain slopes this afternoon.  It's a typical case of early autumn instability, thanks to the relatively colder air seeping in in the higher levels of the atmosphere, but models are showing gradual stabilization during the coming 24-36 hours, so the risk of those PM showers should diminish.

The bigger news is that the driest air (by far) of this post-monsoon season is now being ushered into our area from the west-northwest.  Humidity readings have already plummeted, and it will be interesting to see how low they can go during the remainder of the week.  Extended range data is devoid of action -- all the way until perhaps the final few days of the month.  Generally pleasant and peaceful weather is what October along the Dhauladhars is famous for...

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