Tuesday, September 16, 2014

minor battles... (pm.16.sep.14)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 60.4F (15.8C)
High temp: 71.8F (22.1C)
Rainfall: none

Today has been the second day in a row without any rain at all in McLeod Ganj -- at least not any that I've observed.  There are big clumps of clouds and fog drifting around the area at sunset this evening, but those should dissipate gradually after dark.  Our full sunshine early this morning started to give way to developing clouds before 10am, leading to an all-day battle between sun and clouds.

It's easy to see that we still have enough latent moisture in this mid-September air mass to be lifted and condensed into cloudiness and fog here along the front slopes of the Dhauladhars.  This is no surprise, really, since it's a regular occurrence not only during the last days of the monsoon season, but at other times of the year on occasion as well.  It takes a very strong and deep push of bone-dry air from the northwest to sweep this moisture away for good -- and it doesn't look like that's going to happen in the near future.  Still, things are getting better by increments.

I'm dying to remove the risk of isolated PM showers or thundershowers from the 7 DAY OUTLOOK... but I know from past experience that it's not very wise to do that just yet.  Expect more of this early sun - developing clouds - risk of a shower business as we push deeper into the later half of the month...