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Friday, October 7, 2016

transitions underway... (pm.07.oct.16)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 61.3F (16.3C)
High temp: 71.9F (22.2C)
Rainfall: none

It's quite hazy this evening as the light fades in the western sky, but almost all of the cloudiness has dissipated.  We started out with full sunshine again this morning, but as expected, there was cloud development as the noon hour approached, with variable cloudiness throughout the afternoon hours.  Humidity was actually slightly higher today than yesterday -- in the range of 58 to 72% -- but it seems like when all was said and done, we ended up with a greater percentage of sunshine today than yesterday, thanks to the late afternoon and early evening clearing.

Our transition from monsoon season into autumn is finally progressing nicely, mainly due to an increasingly brisk west-northwesterly flow in the mid- and upper-levels of the atmosphere that has finally shoved the vast majority of lingering tropical moisture well south and east of us.  An upper-level disturbance dropping in from the northwest this weekend will reinforce that trend, bringing the driest batch of central Asian air we've yet to see this season.  But before we can partake of that, there could be a flare-up of showers and thundershowers around the area as that disturbance passes across north India between late Saturday night and Monday.  The models are showing very feeble shower/thunder development, but we need to be aware of the risk nonetheless.

By late Monday into Tuesday it's looking like we are fairly assured of seeing another substantial drop in humidity... taking us down to the low moisture levels that we should be enjoying by this time of year.  With sunshine, temps will remain very pleasant, though our overnight lows will be dropping a few degrees.

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