Friday, September 26, 2014

clouds still dominant... (pm.26.sep.14)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 59.5F (15.3C)
High temp: 68.0F (20.0C)
Rainfall: trace

Now that we're pushing into the autumn season, our sunsets are happening earlier and earlier, obviously.  It's nearly dark already, before 6:30pm, and we have thick clouds, haze and fog blanketing the area.  There have also been some sprinkles and very light rain showers scattered here and there... but at least in the immediate McLeod area, there has been nothing measurable as of this moment.  Once again today, the decent sunshine was confined to the early to mid-morning hours.

At my location in the upper part of town, I've measured less than an inch (2.5cm) of rain in the past 12 days.  I know there's been more than that further downhill and to the east-southeast -- but by and large -- there hasn't been all that much rain since the middle of the month, considering the amount of cloudiness and fog we've had to endure.  Our atmosphere still contains a lot of residual tropical moisture, but it lacks the kind of thermodynamic energy to generate anything more than isolated PM shower development.

I still see no evidence at all of a strong push of drier air from the west-northwest that would be capable of chasing away these dregs of the monsoon season.  Even as we cross into October, there will be very little change in the overall pattern.  You know what that means: more of the same.