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Saturday, November 2, 2013

not exactly boring... (pm.02.nov.13)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 51.4F (10.8C) -- during shower just before 2pm
High temp: 61.3F (16.3C) -- just after 11am
Rainfall: 0.03" (1mm)

It is mostly clear just after dark this evening, after a rather strange day.  Although there was a good amount of sun, there was also a huge build-up of clouds over the mountains which ripened at the noon hour, producing a few brief periods of sprinkles and light rain showers up until nearly 3:00pm.  The low temp for the entire day actually occurred during one of those showery spells between 1:30 and 2:00pm, so the high temp (above) is a bit deceiving, since it occurred briefly during the late morning before much cooler air surged in.

The rain drops during the early afternoon were an unwelcome by-product of lingering instability which hung over the Dhauladhars for much of the day.  Infinitely maddening, since we have had such a hard time erasing that dynamic this year.  It seems we've barely had any respectable stretch of bright, dry and quiet autumn weather before traces of winter begin arriving.

Things look quiet for Diwali and the next two and a half days or so, as a weak high pressure ridge forms over northern India.  We should continue to see a decent amount of sun, but the threat of occasional cloudiness remains here along the mountain slopes.  Temperatures are a couple of degrees below normal for this time of year, and should moderate only slightly as we head through the first couple of days of the new week.

Then... a very unpleasant-looking weather pattern will be coming together by Tuesday night and Wednesday.  A deep area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere will be developing over northern Pakistan, and is forecast to linger across the western Himalayas throughout the latter half of next week.  It looks potentially wet for us -- especially Wednesday and Thursday -- and wintry and unseasonably cold in the mountains above.

CURRENT FORECAST info is available on the tab above.