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Thursday, February 12, 2015

increasingly comfortable... (am.12.feb.15)>

We have generally clear skies this morning at dawn.  The low temp here at my spot in the upper part of town has been 43.5F (6.4C), and there has been no precipitation overnight.

Apart from our minor setback yesterday, we've had steadily warming temperatures since last Saturday, and that warm-up is set to resume today.  There is a ridge of high pressure sprawling across the Arabian Sea, poking northward into Pakistan and west-central India.  That has been causing a spring-like warming of the air mass to our southwest the last few days, and it still looks like some of that milder air is going to be surging into Himachal Pradesh as the weekend arrives.  We're not talking about true warmth... but it is going to be warmer than it's been since before our winter season settled in.  Barring too much high cloudiness dimming the sun's effect, we should see some 60F+ (16C) temps as early as Friday, lasting perhaps into Monday.

There's so much shuffling and flip-flopping of data resolution starting late Monday, and continuing through all of next week.  Suffice it to say, we've got a turn to unsettled conditions on the way, with a good chance of things turning wetter and cooler as at least a couple of storm systems sweep across northern India.  Of course we'll watch day-by-day as things evolve for the Losar holidays...