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Thursday, February 28, 2013

transition day... (am.28.feb.13)>

We've still got some scattered clouds around the area at sunrise this morning, but as far as I'm aware, there were nothing more than a couple of brief, light sprinkles/showers here along the mountains overnight.  My low temperature has been 43.2F (6.2C), and it's currently 44.4F (6.9C).  Humidity is 54%.

There is still a weakening area of low pressure swirling around in western Kashmir early this morning, and that has kept the atmosphere over Himalayan north India unsettled, with occasional showers and thundershowers still popping up to our northwest.  This system will continue to shift eastward and die during the next 12 hours or so, but lingering instability could still stir up an isolated shower or thundershower until this evening.  Today is kind of a "transition" day into some much more pleasant weather ahead.

High pressure in the mid- and upper-levels of the atmosphere will be gradually building across northern India as we head into the weekend, triggering a healthy warming trend that should last into at least early next week.  Afternoon clouds/fog are always potential spoilers here along the front slopes of the Dhauladhars, but right now it looks like we can look forward to a good amount of sunshine and a relatively dry air mass during the first few days of March.  The season's warmest temperature has been 60.8F (16.0C), which occurred on Monday -- we should rise well beyond that this weekend.