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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

sun - clouds - haze... (pm.12.oct.16)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 57.6F (14.2C)
High temp: 69.8F (21.0C)
Rainfall: none

It's really hazy out there this evening after sunset, but almost all of the cloudiness that built up during the afternoon has fizzled.  Maybe there were some sprinkles of rain or a brief shower somewhere around the area today, but I never saw a raindrop, nor did I hear any thunder.  Otherwise, it's been kind of a repeat of the last couple of days, with lots of sunshine in the morning giving way to cloud development during the mid-day hours, and then clearing skies with the approach of sunset.  I recorded an average humidity reading today of about 60%, which is higher than it's been since Sunday.  Another stat of note: both the high and low temp were October's coolest thus far.

Obviously our air mass has become a little more stable today, since that recent flare-up of weak thundershowers during the mid-afternoon was erased.  The disparity between surface warming and upper-level temperature profiles should continue to diminish during the coming several days, and that's why we may be over the hump with regard to worrying about that PM convective development.  BUT -- let's see.  The overall weather pattern is looking extremely uneventful and benign for the rest of the month, according to all the model data.

I'm disappointed that our humidity levels haven't fallen further -- apart from that dip down to about 35% on Monday -- but even if we remain generally in the 45-65% range, that's so much more tolerable than what we've recently come out of.  Temperature-wise, we're running just slightly warmer than normal for the middle of October, with no really major fluctuations expected in the near future.

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