Thursday, February 28, 2013

winter fading... (pm.28.feb.13)>

Thursday's stats:

Early morning low temp: 43.2F (6.2C)
Afternoon high temp: 56.8F (13.8C)
Rainfall: none

Total February Rainfall: 9.11" (23.1cm)

Clouds are hanging onto the mountains just before sunset this evening, otherwise it's partly cloudy.  There were a couple of showers just uphill from us this afternoon, but no raindrops in the immediate McLeod area.  Thanks to a good amount of sunshine, today was much more pleasant than yesterday, but still a few degrees below normal for the final day of February.

The arrival of March is going to coincide with a strong warming trend, taking our temperatures well above the previous highest of 2013 thus far.  Warming is just now starting to occur in the middle and upper-levels of the atmosphere as the jet stream lifts well to our north for the next several days at least.  The normal high for the first few days of March is around 64-65F (18C), and we should have no trouble reaching that.

After a much wetter than normal February, it looks like rain chances will all but disappear with the arrival of the new month.  Even instability over the mountains should be at a minimum, leaving us with a mix of sunshine and occasional high clouds to go along with our comfortable early spring temperatures.  If you've been here all winter, I think it's safe now to congratulate yourself for making it through!

The latest 5-day forecast can be found on the CURRENT FORECAST tab at the top of the page.