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Saturday, February 21, 2015

major warming... (pm.21.feb.15)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 46.6F (8.1C)
High temp: 58.6F (14.8C)
Precipitation: none

As darkness settles in on this evening of the third day of Losar, we have scattered high cloudiness -- very similar to what was going on at sunrise today.  In between, there's been plenty of sunshine to go around, with the scattered cloudiness never really turning into that much of a bother.  My high temperature in the upper part of town was a full 10F (5.5C) warmer than yesterday's!

The dramatic warming of the air mass which occurred today is just the beginning.  We should see milder air continue to surge northward into Himachal Pradesh tomorrow (Sun) into Monday, thanks to a muscular ridge of high pressure which continues to build across the northwestern one-third of India.  The question remains as to how much mainly mid- and high cloud development might occur -- if we can get at least a majority of sunshine both tomorrow and Monday, then we should be enjoying the warmest temperatures of the year -- by far.  As always, you can check THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above for details.

There is still a very strong storm system being projected by all the computer models for the middle of next week.  It looks like we could have some rain shower development by late Tuesday, with periods of moderate to heavy rain appearing likely on Wednesday into at least mid-day Thursday.  It's also going to turn considerably colder.  No, we are not busting into springtime just yet...