Friday, March 29, 2013

easter weekend... (pm.29.mar.13)>

*Update @ 9:09pm... I had gusty winds and a few sprinkles of rain here during the last hour, but I haven't seen any more lightning.

*Update @ 8:07pm... This atmosphere is in a state of flux.  It's cloudy again with thunder and lightning to our south-southeast.  Looks like we could be in for a thundershower yet tonight, with this upper-level circulation directly overhead.  Current temp: 55.2F (12.9C), humidity: 67%.

Friday's stats:

Early morning low temp: 50.5F (10.3C)
Afternoon high temp: 66.6F (19.2C)
Rainfall: none

It is partly cloudy during the half hour before sunset this evening, with some fizzling thundershowers in the mountains to the northeast.  After a cloudy start, we ended up with quite a lot of sunshine today, allowing temperatures to warm up nicely.

It may not look or feel like it, but the center of our latest upper-level disturbance is spinning around almost right overhead this evening.  It has weakened considerably during the past 12 hours or so, and has only been able to trigger some isolated shower action today -- most of which has remained in the mountains.  This system will continue to push eastward overnight and Saturday, leaving us with a bit of lingering instability, but most likely not enough to generate any significant showers or thundershowers here at our elevation.  Other than isolated thundershower potential over the mountains, our Easter weekend is looking pretty good.

I wish I could say that we're in line for a definitive turn to sunny and warmer weather as April arrives, but it looks like the jet stream flow will continue to be embedded with occasional minor disturbances.  This will keep us flirting with periods of cloudiness and the risk of passing afternoon showers through the middle of next week.  Temperatures will be fairly pleasant, but should remain on the cool side of normal for this time of year.

The latest updated outlook can always be found on the CURRENT FORECAST tab above.