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Friday, February 27, 2015

late winter blues... (am.27.feb.15)>

It is partly cloudy early this morning, and the temperature is very near the overnight low of 42.3F (5.7C).  Yesterday's high was only 46.9F (8.3C), and it's been obvious that we've been languishing in the same unseasonably cold range for the past 36 hours or so.  I've recorded no rainfall overnight, and there has been just 0.06" (2mm) in the past 24 hours, despite numerous brief periods of light rain showers and even some sleet and small hail on occasion througout the day on Thursday.  The total precipitation from our recent storm system added up to 1.49" (3.8cm) here at my location in the upper part of McLeod.

The general weather mood is going to remain in an indecisive phase for the next couple of days, as we sit in a 'middle ground' of sorts.  The upper-level flow is unstable, with very cold air aloft, and some weak ripples of energy passing through.  That should prevent us from totally clearing out, and also keep the mentionable risk of a couple of isolated/random showers or thundershowers in the forecast -- both today and Saturday.  Temperatures will be hard-pressed to rebound very much, even if we do end up getting blessed with a few hours of sunshine.

Yet another strong late winter storm system is already starting to get organized over eastern Iran, and will bring us our next extended period of wet and stormy weather beginning on Sunday (just in time for the arrival of March).  Rain and thunderstorms will become more likely by Sunday afternoon and evening, with the heaviest rain expected to occur on Monday, perhaps lingering into very early Tuesday.  Temperatures may be even a few degrees colder with this system than they've been just recently.  Not a very spring-ish early March forecast, I'm sorry to say...

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