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**The first morning of MAY has arrived... and we have beautifully clear skies at dawn, with a relatively cool temp near 59ºF/15ºC.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

october downpour... (pm.01.oct.16)>

After just finishing the month of September with a 42% below normal rainfall total, we've received on this first day of October 70% of the normal/average total for the entire month!!  All monthly rainfall norms are always available for you to check on the WETTEST MONTHS tab at the top of the page.

At least at my location in the upper part of town, today's heavy rainfall occurred between about 3:15 and 5:00pm, and I recorded 1.80" (4.6cm) -- though it was still raining a little bit when I last had a chance to check the gauge.  Will update later this evening if necessary.

I have to say it is a bit disconcerting to arrive back in McLeod Ganj after a nearly five week absence, to find that our weather conditions are no better than they were when I left at the end of August.  There is plenty of lingering, stagnant tropical moisture stuck here along the front slopes of the mountains, and as you know if you've been paying much attention over the years, it is often a painstaking and frustrating process before we can truly break free into post-monsoon conditions.  All of the model data this evening indicates that it might take until about the 10th or 11th of the month before we see a definitive autumn-like air mass that can truly chase this leftover tropical juice out of here.