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Friday, January 30, 2015

the next chapter... (pm.30.jan.15)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 33.3F (0.7C)
High temp: 44.0F (6.7C)
Precipitation: none

We have mostly clear skies this evening, at the end of a day which featured a lot of sun.  But all that sunshine didn't succeed in cutting the chill out of the air -- you only had to step into the shade to get a feel for the actual air temperature.  The air mass in place during the past 48 hours or so has been the coldest of the entire winter season.

But the weather is always either changing or in the process of changing, and we'll see that happening as we close out the month of January and welcome February.  Tomorrow (Sat) is looking pretty good, with milder temps expected... but there will probably be an increase in clouds as well, so we may not get the full benefit of a warming air mass.  Those clouds will be a precursor of a developing storm system to our west which is going to be the headline during the first half of next week.

A large-scale upper-level system will be coming together over Afghanistan and Pakistan by Sunday morning, which will cause ingredients to assemble, leading to a rather prolonged period of potentially moderate to heavy precipitation across north India.  The latest data would strongly suggest that it's going to be rain here in McLeod, but very heavy snow is likely in the mountains above -- between Sunday and early Wednesday morning.  As far as our rainfall is concerned, right now it seems like the very core of this system will impact us between Monday evening and very late Tuesday night.

Stay tuned for updates and tweaks as all of this develops...