Friday, March 8, 2013

above the norm... (am.08.mar.13)>

It's a bright and sunny Friday morning with humidity near 50%.  My overnight low temperature here on Tushita Road just below the mountaineering center was 54.3F (12.4C) -- very consistent with low temps this whole week.

We've been warming by small increments nearly every day lately, and another degree or so (F) will put us at 70F for the first time this year.  If clouds hold off until maybe 3pm, we have a good chance of reaching that milestone.  This air mass has become a bit more moist during the past 24 hours, and some slightly cooler air is starting to arrive in the upper-levels -- so that could trigger significant cloud development over the mountains.

There's still a weak storm system on the way for the weekend, but it looks on track to pass north of us and die out as it does.  Even if it doesn't stir up much in the way of shower/thundershower action, it's going to be the first phase of a change in our weather pattern which will last into next week.  Colder air will be arriving aloft, leading to a less stable situation, and setting the stage for a potentially stronger storm system by Wed/Thu of next week.  It's not going to be a return to winter, by any means, but it will likely put us back toward normalcy for March.

Check out the CURRENT FORECAST on the tab above.