Tuesday, September 13, 2016

monsoon's last punches... (am.13.sep.16)>

I'm still out of town and country, but the daily rainfall tally is being monitored by one of our diligent and meticulously obsessive weather geeks (you know who you are).  So follow the SEPTEMBER RAINFALL tab at the top of the page to see what's happening with the rain gauge as we finish off this final week or two of Monsoon 2016.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

#2 rain event of the season... (pm.27.aug.16)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 61.2F (16.2C)
High temp: 68.7F (20.4C)
Rainfall: 5.15" (13.1cm) -- thru midnight

All or nothing.  Feast or famine.  That has been the story of this second half of August.  Today's rainfall has been the second-largest total of the entire monsoon season, and has made up for all the dry (or barely wet) days of the past week.  Light rain showers (with some thunder and lightning) got going somewhere around 2:00am, but the heavier rain waited until around 8:00am to materialize, with the very heaviest rain of all happening between roughly 11:00am and 1:30pm.  After that, we've had occasional light to moderate showers throughout the rest of the day, and even now as dusk sets in.

The August rainfall deficit that had built up since the 15th of the month has now been mostly erased -- in the space of just 15-16 hours or so.  We now lack just over an inch of rain in the next four days to reach the normal/average total for August.

It still looks like a few rounds of moderate to heavy showers could occur during the next several days, but the models are showing a fairly impressive push of drier air coming in from the west-northwest by Friday or Saturday, which could possibly send humidity readings down below 50% for the first time since June.  The last few weeks of the monsoon season are always tedious times, with hopes of lasting drier weather dashed by little surges of lingering tropical moisture.  So get ready for plenty of ups and downs as we cross into September...

Of course all of the rainfall stats for this monsoon season are available on tabs above.

Friday, August 26, 2016

two moods of august... (pm.26.aug.16)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 66.4F (19.1C)
High temp: 80.6F (27.0C)
Rainfall: trace -- as of 4:50pm

The disparity between the first half of the month and the second half (so far) is almost unbelievable...

1-    4.32" (11.0cm)
2-    2.19" (5.6cm)
3-    0.57" (1.4cm)
4-    1.54" (3.9cm)
5-    0.31" (8mm)
6-    3.00" (7.6cm)
7-    2.53" (6.4cm)
8-    0.18" (5mm)
9-    1.93" (4.9cm)
10-  0.95" (2.4cm)
11-  6.17" (16.7cm)
12-  0.37" (9mm)
13-  0.80" (2.0cm)
14-  1.38" (3.5cm)
15-  1.27" (3.2cm)      27.51" (69.9cm) -- first 15 days of August
16-  0.11" (3mm)
17-  0.49" (1.2cm)
18-  0.08" (2mm)
19-  0.33" (8mm)
20-  0.68" (1.7cm)
21-  trace
22-  trace
23-  trace
24-  0.26" (7mm)
25-  0.02" (< 1mm)
26-  trace                1.97" (5.0cm) -- 16th through 26th of August

Monthly total so far - 29.48" (74.9cm)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

monsoon in hiding... (pm.25.aug.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 64.0F (17.8C)
High temp: 74.9F (23.8C)
Rainfall: 0.02" (less than 1mm)

A nice evening is in progress, with a mix of clouds and patches of blue sky, no fog at all, and very pleasant temps remaining just above 70ºF/21ºC as dusk approaches.  The only rain today was a period of showers before dawn, and then just a few random sprinkles right around 7:00am -- and as you can see from the rainfall stats, it didn't amount to much at all.  But we are used to that lately.  Humidity has been in the range of 75 to 85% throughout the day.

In the last week I have recorded 1.27" (3.2cm) of rain, which is a mind-bogglingly small amount for a full week in late August.  And in the last ten days (since the 16th), I've measured less than 2 inches (5cm).  That tiny amount of rain in such a long span of time at this time of year is something I'm pretty sure I have not seen before.  We knew there was going to be a slowdown in monsoon conditions for a few days after the 15th-16th of this month, but the fact that our moisture resurgences since then have failed to trigger significant rainfall in our immediate area is bordering on surreal and bizarre.  But hey, that's nature, that's weather, and that's what keeps it forever interesting (I tell myself).

Several days ago I started to get into a slump, in terms of coming up with something to say here -- since the models are in a stage of irrelevance, and normal data, trends and guidance haven't connected with what is actually happening.  We are still around three weeks away from the normal/average withdrawal date of monsoon conditions in our area, and if there is not another phase or two of moderate to heavy rains before that time arrives, it will be very highly unusual...

Check rainfall stats for the last three months on tabs at the top of the page.