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Thursday, April 11, 2013

calm and comfortable... (pm.11.apr.13)>

*Update @ 8:22pm... There are light showers in progress at the moment, and there has even been a rumble of thunder in the last 15 minutes or so.  Satellite pics show an area of clouds and showers which has developed along the southwest-facing slopes of the mountains here in Himachal after sunset -- even though there is no recognizable disturbance in the area.!  I would expect all of this to diminish and fall apart well before midnight.

*Update @ 7:34pm... It has turned mostly cloudy again since sunset, and there are a few light sprinkles around the area.  Weird... I really have no idea why, apart from some strange mountain micro-climate effect this evening.  Currently 70.2F (21.2C) -- very mild.

Thursday's stats:

Early morning low temp: 56.5F (13.6C)
Afternoon high temp: 73.0F (22.8C)
Rainfall: trace

We're in the midst of a very pleasant evening, with partly cloudy skies and low humidity.  The sunshine did give way to a major build-up of clouds over the mountains this afternoon, with some clouds temporarily forming further down in the valley as well, but it appears there was nothing more than some very isolated shower action up along the Dhauladhars.  The high temp was exactly what was expected.

Close to perfect mid-April weather is in the forecast for the next couple of days, as a weak ridge of high pressure controls the pattern across northern India.  We should enjoy sunny to partly cloudy skies, with the only risk of rain confined to the higher elevations as some moderate instability triggers some clouds and perhaps a few isolated showers up there.  A fast-moving upper-level disturbance will sweep through on Sunday, increasing the chance of a thundershower here in the immediate McLeod area, but it looks like a better chance of some significant rain and thunderstorms will enter the picture on Tuesday.  There are still hints of an active pattern for several days next week, so stay tuned for updates.

As far as temperatures are concerned, we're in very good shape through the next several days.  Both overnight low and daytime high temps should be very close to normal for the season.

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