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TOTAL RAINFALL yesterday afternoon/evening = 0.41" (1.0cm)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

temperature recovery... (pm.24.apr.13)>

*Update @ 9:24pm... There are some large thunderstorms over central Pakistan at this hour which are moving to the east-northeast.  Although they will probably die out before they reach us, I am leaving a chance of thundershowers in the forecast overnight -- just in case.  It's very mild right now... near 64F (18C) with humidity around 45%.

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Wednesday's stats:

Early morning low temp: 57.6F (14.2C)
Afternoon high temp: 75.2F (24.0C)
Rainfall: trace

The sun is visible in the western sky just before sunset this evening, but there are still scattered thundershowers along the mountain slopes to the north and east. We've enjoyed more sunshine today than since last Saturday, but there have been a couple of periods of thunder and some sprinkles and very light showers in the area -- the first during the noon-1pm hour, and the second during the late afternoon/early evening.

We finally got our big rebound in the temperature department today, thanks to a modest drop in humidity (to the 40-50% range) and the prolonged hours of sunshine.  But there is still enough atmospheric instability to cause a build-up of mountain clouds and those thundershowers during the afternoon.  Warmer and slightly drier air (both at the surface and aloft) should continue to filter in during the latter part of the week, contributing to a more stable air mass -- but I think we're still going to have to be on alert for mainly PM thundershowers, thanks to a seemingly never-ending train of upper-level disturbances moving in from the west-southwest.

As long as we don't get nailed with a major round of long-lasting thunderstorms, we should continue to see a steady warm-up right into the weekend.  The normal high temp for the last few days of April is around 78-79F (25-26C) -- that's warmer than I've recorded so far this year, but not at all out of the realm of possibility by Saturday.

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