Wednesday, September 17, 2014

the gradual death... (pm.17.sep.14)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 61.5F (16.4C)
High temp: 71.6F (22.0C)
Rainfall: none

Once again this evening we're dealing with patches of low clouds and fog drifting around the area.  Today was pretty much a repeat of yesterday, with full sunshine during the early morning giving way to gradually developing cloudiness before 10am, then a battle between clouds, patchy fog and sun for the remainder of the day.  Despite the clouds, we've now logged our third totally dry day in a row, which is now on a par with a stretch of 3-4 nearly rainless days between the 27th and 30th of August.  We have to go all the way back to late June to find a longer period of dry weather.

The thing that happens almost every year is happening now -- the thing that most people tend to forget.  And that's the fact that there is rarely (if ever) a sharp and specific moment marking the definitive end of the monsoon season.  Although our daily bouts of showers have sputtered out, we continue to see a considerable amount of cloud/fog development after a couple of hours of strong early morning sunshine.

Is that going to change soon?  At this point, I don't really think so.  Rain chances aren't looking very impressive at all (though an isolated PM shower is still within the realm of possibility), but a strong push of much drier air capable of shoving this lingering moisture out of here is unlikely during the coming several days...