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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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*Update @ 7:55pm... I've just updated today's recorded high temp, since it rose even further since I'd last checked it during the early afternoon.  79.3F (26.3C) at my location means well above 80F in lower parts of McLeod, and near 90F in Dharamsala.  Although we've got a very unstable atmosphere overhead this evening, humidity of just 38% precludes rain development, at least for now.  I'm still a little concerned about what might happen overnight...

Wednesday's stats:

Early morning low temp: 62.8F (17.1C)
Afternoon high temp: 79.3F (26.3C) -- warmest of 2013
Rainfall: trace

It's mostly cloudy as sunset approaches on this first evening of the new month, with a couple of random sprinkles and a breeze kicking up at times.  The sky has looked threatening since mid-afternoon, but here in town there has been no measurable rainfall as of 6:00pm.  The biggest news today (other than the 5.8 earthquake that rattled us at 12:27pm) is the fact that the high temperature was the warmest of the season, and the warmest of 2013 thus far.

The instability that we've been waiting for for the last two or three days finally materialized this afternoon, as much colder air in the upper-levels of the atmosphere began to move into northern India.  This is what triggered the widespread cloud development along the mountains -- but the severe lack of low-level moisture prevented the unstable conditions from translating into any kind of significant rainfall.  As that colder air aloft continues to filter in overnight we could see a couple of scattered showers and thundershowers, but I'm going to be very surprised if we can get anything noteworthy in the rain gauge.  This whole system has fallen way below expectations, but I have yet to hear a single complaint.!

Thursday will likely feature some afternoon cloud development over the mountains, with the possibility of an isolated thundershower somewhere in the area -- otherwise it looks like we're in for a very nice stretch of weather as we head through the weekend into early next week.  Tomorrow (Thu) and Friday won't be quite as warm as today, but a dry and generally stable air mass will lend itself to summer-like temperatures from Saturday forward.

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