Tuesday, March 3, 2015

a gradual recovery... (am.03.mar.15)>

A low temperature of 39.4F (4.1C) sounds like some kind of joke -- considering we're three days into March -- but that's indeed what I've recorded overnight.  There's been an additional 0.47" (1.2cm) of rain since last evening's report, and that brings our storm total since Sunday afternoon up to 3.70" (9.4cm).  It's not raining at the moment, though, and despite cloudy skies, I am seeing a couple of breaks in the overcast early this morning.

We've certainly had a heck of a lot of rain in the past couple of days, but there's been a general diminishing trend since late yesterday afternoon, as this storm system loses its punch and most of the moisture and upper-level energy gets either pushed off to the east or sheared apart over the Himalayan ranges.  There is still a massive pool of unseasonably cold air from the surface into the upper-layers of the atmosphere hanging across northern Pakistan into northern India, however, and that will provide us with continuing instability today.  Although most of the computer models are drying things out for us, don't be surprised if there is still some scattered or random shower/thundershower development all the way into this evening -- with the risk of some small hail or sleet.  But overall, today should be an improvement over yesterday.

The rest of the week is actually looking pretty good.  A modest warming trend will kick in starting on Wednesday, which should continue into the weekend.  It's going to be really hard for us to get up to where we SHOULD be for early March (highs 62F/17C), but we'll be scratching and clawing our way in that direction.  There is a chance of a short period of showers Thursday evening into Friday morning, and perhaps again by Sunday evening into Monday.

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