A partly cloudy, warmer and more humid but still dry weather update for West Rockville Maryland for Thursday June 29 2017

A partly cloudy, warmer and more humid but still dry weather update for West Rockville Maryland for Thursday June 29 2017

Thursday started out clear and relatively pleasant but began to worm up significantly up into the upper 80s in the afternoon, along with rising dew points gradually building into the humid range. There was no rain once again today. High temperatures rose during the partly sunny afternoon into the upper 80s after a comfortable early AM min in the low-mid 60s. My newly acquired Taylor Max/Min thermometer gave a representative max of 88.5° from its new shielded location in its new “house”, a Davis Model 7714 passive radiation shield. It is hoped that in the coming days the Taylor will provide the most accurate max and min temps since I moved here 6 months ago.  So far so good for the first day.  At 0533 we have clear skies along with widely scattered high clouds and temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. The minimum temperature (64.9°) was recorded at 0543 while the maximum temperature (88.1°) was recorded at 1739. Dew point temperatures rose today, ranging from 66° to 56°. Relative humidity values were roughly the same as yesterday’s (74% – 39%).  Barometric values lowered a bit today, ranging from 30.15″ at 0253 to 30.02″ at 2024.

Remember that you now can get the balcony location data on Weatherlink. You can access the data through http://www.weatherlink.com/user/walrusman444


I got up in the mid afternoon today to get a few online necessities accomplished, like ordering a printer cartridge for my computer printer as I ran out of ink yesterday. I also watched some of the afternoon Nats game with the Cubs, won by Chicago 5-4. I had cereal and sliced banana with coffee for a late brunch before leaving for the weekly trivia game in the next building over to mine.  I also checked out my new weather equipment on the way over there, though it really wasn’t actually on the way. Upon my return from the game, I used the pico de gallo and spicy salsa I got from Tracy yesterday through Mike to mix up with avocado to whip up a new batch of guacomole. I had some with chips at first, then made lamb-burgers that I garnished with cheese and the guacomole. It was really good and I have plenty left, but due to its volitility I must consume the rest quickly, over the next few days. I also had some potato salad with the burgers and guac.  I had spicy V8 before dinner and some cashews well after dinner. I worked more on my backlogged monthly weather data and also continued to work a bit more on the newly “hatched” Weatherquack weather website which should be fun in the coming months. Weatherquack was migrated over to a new system overnight, and so far has been functioning better with the posting of daily weather posts like this one. I hope to see many of you soon on Weatherquack http://www.weatherquack.com – it is completely free and easy to use once you complete your registration and a short ramping up period.  I talked with both daughters – Tracy early on her way to work and Robin late after midnight PDT so I could wish her a happy 33rd birthday after we turned to Friday. I also drank a good part of my ginormous water bottle throughout the evening and early morning hours.

We now have clear skies with temperatures around 70° at about 0541, just before sunrise. Unfortunately Friday through the weekend will really be warming up again, partly sunny, hot and humid with highs in the low 90s and lows around 70°. There is a 50 POP on Saturday for showers/thunderstorms as we start the month of July. Right now the Fourth of July Holiday Tuesday looks like another hot one, with highs in the low 90s and lows in the upper 60s.                         

On Channel 4 radar at 0545, there are just a few areas of rain in the Eastern US and Canada. Rain is found up in parts of Northern New England, scattered showers in parts of the south in NC, TN, GA, and AL, and showers/storms in SE MI, parts of OH, NW PA and western NY state at this time.

As of 0545 EDT, the data from my balcony (VP2), Taylor (on the ground just below the balcony), the Lakewood Country Club WXBug station, and the USG VP2 station across the street is as follows:

Station     Relative Location      Temp    RH    DP         BP        Wind   High/Low temp today
VP2                 Balcony               73.4     67    62     30.02S     N/A    88.1/64.9

Taylor             Grounds              69.4                                         88.5/61.7 (Max temp still under study but looking better)

There was no rain in my gauge today (cocorahs gauge on ground now moved to an area below my balcony)

June precipitation is 1.34″.  Year-to-date (YTD) precipitation total is 17.55″

VP2 Across the street (USG)    72.9       71     63     30.05S    N/A     88.0/63.6    

There was no rain recorded in the USG gauge on Thursday.  

WX Bug     Lakewood 4500 ft,     73     61.4  58.9     30.03S    W 2      G  W 18
140° from station                                                               90/63

The Lakewood rain gauge recorded no rain on Thursday.

Temp on the balcony (VP2) at 2400 was 78.9 RH 60% BP 30.04R  DP 64.3 Taylor thermometer had a temp of 76.8.

Good morning from the partly cloudy, dry but getting more humid, and warming up Walrus early on this Friday morning.

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