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Saturday, June 18, 2016

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Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 57.4F (14.1C) -- at 12:55pm during thunderstorm
High temp: 76.3F (24.6C)
Rainfall: 1.27" (3.2cm)

It's partly to mostly cloudy this evening, close to the end of a day featuring some very dramatic fluctuations.  The first one occurred between 8:30 and 9:00am, when mostly sunny skies rapidly turned mostly cloudy with some patchy fog.  The second was when a very intense thunderstorm developed just to our west-northwest and brought us a period of heavy rainfall and gusty winds which lasted only 45 minutes or so -- between 12:30 and about 1:15pm.  And the third turn of events was the two to three hour period of steamy sunshine during the middle and late afternoon hours.  Humidity was up and down as well, but averaged around 72% for the day.

The pre-monsoon weeks are always full of fun and games, as tropical air flirts with the relatively cooler and drier air hanging along the higher elevations of the Himalayan ranges.  We've got more of that to come -- with periods of decent summer sunshine alternating with thick clouds and some spells of fog, and also that risk of a round of rain and thunder which could get stirred up at any time.  The models continue to show a wave of deeper tropical moisture moving our way starting Sunday night into Monday, and then hanging around our neighborhood throughout the majority of next week.  Already we've had about 6 inches (15cm+) of rain for the month of June, so it looks like we'll easily surpass the normal amount which is just over 8 inches (about 21cm).

After a slow start, it seems the leading edge of this year's monsoon is advancing almost on a daily basis, so be sure to follow the SUMMER INTO MONSOON tab at the top of the page for the latest info, if you're into that sort of thing...