Monday, September 8, 2014

monsoon still here... (pm.08.sep.14)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 64.4F (18.0C)
High temp: 70.9F (21.6C)
Rainfall: 0.32" (8mm)

The day is ending much like it began, with a broken layer of mid-level cloudiness across the area.  But in between start and finish, we had a long period of cloudy and foggy conditions, with a few hours of drizzle, light to moderate rain showers, and even a bit of thunder.  The most consistent rains occurred between about 10:00am and 2:00pm -- but as you can see from the stats (above), there wasn't much of an impressive amount in the rain gauge to show for it.

The waning weeks of the monsoon season can be a frustrating time.  Just like what happened today, weather charts and data often show improving conditions, when the ground-truth reality doesn't line up.  As long as there is a good amount of latent moisture lingering in the air, we can easily get periods of rain showers popping up -- normally during the afternoon and evening hours, but as we saw today, it can happen earlier in the day as well.  

We'll try to come up with a bit more sunshine during the next few days, but cloud and fog development is still likely, with the risk of mainly PM showers/thunder nearly every day.  Extended range data is still looking promising by the 14th-15th of the month, with at least a shot at permanently retreating monsoon moisture by that time.  Of course we'll keep an eye on it day-by-day.