October 9

Today should be another rainy day, with a strong chance of late afternoon showers.

The first image is the cartoon weather map, which shows the large cloud front we’ve been watching has stayed farther south, and will bring moisture into the area.

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Also worth noting is the nearby high pressure center, this lead to warmer temperatures, and calmer winds.

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The atmospheric sounding above shows surface temperatures at ~25˚C (77˚F) with low surface winds out of the south east.

Total cloud cover is represented below in the mixed IR/Visible imagery from MTSAT.

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As you can see it was cloudy when this image was taken, and similar conditions should continue as the day goes on.

The rainfall radar (click the image for the loop) shows very little recent activity, but that should change as the day goes on. Dry nights are not atypical even over very wet areas.

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The last image is the average sea surface temperatures for the globe. It is interesting  to see how the sea surface temperatures correlate so closely with the Fiji surface temperatures. A testament to how the weather here is dominated by the oceans.

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