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Thursday, December 15, 2016

epic dry streak continues... (pm.15.dec.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 46.2F (7.9C)
High temp: 53.5F (11.9C)
Rainfall: none

There are just a few patches of lingering high cloudiness out there late this evening, but we certainly saw plenty of those clouds coming in waves throughout the day.  We had glimpses of sun and periods of dim/filtered sunshine most of the day as well, but it's fair to say that the clouds dominated.  For that reason, our temperatures didn't bounce back like we were expecting, and my high temp in the upper part of town was actually slightly cooler than it's been the last few days.  Humidity ranged widely, from near 25% this morning to just above 50% during the mid-afternoon.

For those who are counting, or at least care to keep track, today was the 65th day in a row without measurable precipitation around here.  This autumn and early winter season has been a very calm and quiet one, with no significant storm systems affecting the western and central Himalayan region.  Yes, there have been a few disturbances of varying degrees of intensity, but moisture has been severely lacking, and what is normally the driest period of the year anyway (mid-October to early December) has turned out to be absolutely bone dry.

We can expect more waves of high cloudiness to drift overhead, carried along on a brisk jet stream flow, but the chance of anything close to significant precipitation remains very small -- perhaps all the way through the rest of the month.  It still looks like we'll see a gradual rise in temps over the course of the coming several days that will lift us back above normal for this time of year.

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