This past couple weeks have really been a change from the prior 3 months. We are firmly seated in the rainy season. There is however a hitch. It’s not been very wet! Rains have sprouted from the convection nearly every day, lightning and thunder aplenty. Even a couple bouts of odd summertime hail. But the totals of rainfall are disappointing. Whereas typically this time of year we see widespread immense tropical downpours, the systems are more sparse and contain less actual rain and are more localized than is typical. A look at the upper level skew-t plots shows us that the mid levels of the atmosphere have been distinctly drier than at the surface. This leads to less of a towering thunderstorm, and more of a drizzle.
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