Monday, September 22, 2014

no clean sweep... (pm.22.sep.14)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 61.3F (16.3C)
High temp: 72.5F (22.5C)
Rainfall: none

There are just enough lingering clouds to provide some nice colors reflected by the setting sun this evening.  Full sunshine didn't last very long this morning, with rapid cloud development along the mountains getting started around 9:00am -- leading to mostly cloudy skies at times by 10:30am.  I was on edge about potential shower development, but that never happened, giving us our seventh dry day out of the last eight.

Although the India Met Department may be declaring Monsoon 2014 officially 'withdrawn' for parts of northwest India during the next day or so, we definitely have no clean sweep of leftover tropical moisture yet.  In fact, computer models are showing a minor resurgence of moisture northwestward along the the front slopes of the mountains as we progress toward the end of the week.  That means we're going to be contending with plenty of cloudiness in the midst of periods of sunshine for the next several days at least, along with an increasing chance of some scattered showers/thunder by Thursday.

It is worth remembering that September is the third wettest month of the year on average -- right behind July and August -- so even if the monsoon season is officially coming to an end, that doesn't mean this place suddenly turns into a desert.