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Saturday, February 21, 2015

finally an upward turn... (am.21.feb.15)>

There's a good amount of scattered high cloudiness out there early this morning, but it looks like the sun will be visible as it peeks over the mountains in a matter of minutes.  The night has been a quiet one, with no additional rainfall that I am aware of.  Temperatures barely dipped at all overnight -- I'm recording a low of 46.6F (9.3C).

It is certainly nice to finally see some improvement in our weather conditions, at the end of a week in which we had five days in a row of measurable precipitation which totalled 3.08" (7.8cm) here at my location in the upper part of town.  Most of that amount occurred between about noon on Wednesday and 4:00pm on Friday.  Yes, it was a very soggy first couple of days of Losar.

Now we'll enjoy the benefits of a building ridge of high pressure aloft, which is going to set off a significant warming trend from west-central into northern India during the coming 48 to 72 hours.  Unfortunately, there is the potential for some periods of mainly high cloudiness to keep us from getting the full warming effect of the late winter sun, but the air mass itself is going to be warming considerably, so even if we have to deal with some clouds during the coming three days, I think we'll feel the difference.  It's probable that temperatures on both Sunday and Monday will be the warmest of 2015 so far.

Storminess will enter the picture again by late Tuesday, however, with yet another extended period of rain and mountain snow, along with a drop in temperatures over the course of the latter half of next week.  Check THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above for specifics.