Re: Sage Bret B.
Some odd things have been happening the last couple days, weather-wise:
1. Yer not kidding yesterday was even hotter. Back up to 95.9°F / 35.5°C, but the humidity at the same time was even higher than the previous day (63%.) That works out to a heat index of 119°F / 48°C. That's the highest HI all summer! (Heatstroke high-five!)
2. Then around 8PM a huge area of thunderstorms came from inland bringing us windy/gusty/dusty conditions for a while, but not much thunder and NO rain here at my place.
3. Then again around 1AM more of the same, with even less thunder and NO rain.
But even without the cooling rains, the winds did a great job cooling it down quickly. You could feel (and smell) that the winds had travelled through some rains on their way to us. We were able to turn off most of our fans for the rest of the night. Amazing! (PS, the Melaque/Barra guys reported 2" from the first set of storms.)
4. Now today the afternoon max temperature was only a little lower (94.5°F / 34.7°C), but the humidity was MUCH lower (48%), for a much less sweaty heat index of 102°F / 39°C. Does today feel different, Mark? It does to me, based on fan count divided by sweat drops.
I think some of our surface-level air has been coming from the east off the land the last day or so, possibly explaining the lower humidity. It might be a sporadic and localized effect, because I can't find much evidence in any of my sources.
As far as the cause of the huge thunderstorm complex last night, all I can find is this excerpt from the NHC East Pacific Tropical Discussion ( http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATWDEP+shtml/ ):
"...AN UPPER CYCLONIC CIRCULATION IS CENTERED NEAR 17N105W (200 mi south of us) WITH A TROUGH EXTENDING SW TO NEAR 11N112W. A DIFFLUENT PATTERN ALOFT AHEAD OF THE TROUGH AXIS IS HELPING TO INDUCE CONVECTION E OF 110W..."
Also, the surface trough that usually resides over the Sierra Madre this time of year has migrated out into the Gulf of California. And a tropical wave passed by us last night.
This all can help to develop thunderstorms, especially when there is so much moisture in the air. It doesn't take much to trigger it...
Who knows what's next? Not me, but it's fun to watch it happen!
(PS, no tropical storm development expected for the next couple days, but maybe something will develop later in the weekend down south of us.)