Saturday, September 13, 2014

glimmers of hope... (pm.13.sep.14)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 59.5F (15.3C)
High temp: 70.0F (21.1C)
Rainfall: 0.01" (less than 1mm)

At this moment it is mostly cloudy, with some patchy fog and and scattered sprinkles and light rain showers around the area.  Once again we've had a great variability in sky conditions today, with short periods of sunshine alternating with longer periods of clouds and occasional fog.  Although there have been some sprinkles, drizzle, a few brief rain showers, and some rumbles of thunder since just after 1:00pm, the rain has been barely measurable up until now.

The effects of lingering, residual tropical moisture continue to plague us... preventing any real and lasting clearing trend from taking hold.  A couple of hours of early morning sunshine in combination with a marginally unstable atmosphere is all it takes to generate lots of cloudiness and these random rain/thunder showers.  If you are a regular follower of this blog, you've heard it all many times before.

The latest computer model data is still showing a trend toward decreasing moisture content of our air mass as we progress into the middle of the new week -- but computer models are notoriously incompetent when it comes to picking up the intricacies of our Dhauladhar micro-climate effects.  I'm optimistic about a gradual lowering of daily average humidity levels as the coming week unfolds, but I still think we're going to have to be braced for daily doses of clouds/fog (though less pronounced) and perhaps some isolated PM thundershowers.