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Friday, April 12, 2013

extremely pleasant... (pm.12.apr.13)>

Friday's stats:

Early morning low temp: 57.6F (14.2C)
Afternoon high temp: 74.7F (23.7C)
Rainfall: none

Some flat cumulus clouds are hovering in the vicinity of the mountains this evening, while it is mostly clear but hazy further down in the valley.  Today has been extremely nice, in all departments, thanks to plentiful sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures.

The weekend ahead is looking very close to typical for mid-April, with a good amount of sunshine, but also an increasing chance of a thundershower or two as we reach Sunday afternoon.  This time of year, it's a very delicate and complex balance to keep the atmosphere stable over the mountains, and that's the main issue we'll be watching over the course of the next few days.  Temperatures should be very much on track, with average highs holding in the mid-70s(F).

An upper-level disturbance dropping in from the northwest on Sunday will be the precursor of a significant shift in the upper-air pattern which could hold consequences for us as next week unfolds.  We've got a bit of a "clash of the seasons" ahead of us, as increasingly warmer air in the low levels is over run by a batch of unseasonably cold air aloft.  It remains to be seen exactly what will come of this, but right now it looks like a recipe for some potentially strong thunderstorm development starting late Tuesday, and lasting into at least Thursday.  Our temps will likely drop below normal as well during the latter half of the coming week.

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