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Sunday, March 29, 2015

cooler and wetter... (pm.29.mar.15)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 51.6F (10.9C)
High temp: 67.6F (19.8C)
Rainfall: 0.52" (1.3cm) -- since midnight

We have totally overcast skies this evening, with a few very light rain showers scattered around.  Although there have only been a few brief glimmers of dim sunshine today, the clouds haven't yielded all that much rainfall -- I've recorded only 0.07" (2mm) since this morning's report.  The vast majority of the total since midnight (above) occurred between about 2:00 and 5:00am.  Still, we did have off-and-on mainly light rain showers throughout the day, along with gusty winds at times.  Today's high temp occurred shortly after midnight, but the clouds and occasional showers kept us in the neighborhood of 60ºF/16ºC for most of the day.

If you're a regular reader of the blog, then you've been following along as we've been anticipating (and dreading) this major turn of events.  The high pressure ridge which provided us with about 11 days of gorgeous springtime weather is now a thing of the past.  Right now there is a strong upper-level disturbance/circulation moving from Afghanistan into northern Pakistan, and it's the game-changer that is causing the whole upper-level pattern to become realigned.  We're in for an extended spell of unsettled/unstable conditions that will bring us several periods of rain and thunderstorms between now and next weekend.  As I've been reiterating, it's not going to rain continuously all week, but we probably won't ever be more than 24 hours away from a significant round of showers/thunder -- which means that it could happen on any given day or night.  If there is a bright spot, it could be between tomorrow (Mon) evening and Tuesday night.  At least right now, that seems to be a potential 'in between' phase.

Our temperatures have already obviously dropped considerably, and will now remain well below normal (which is near 71ºF/22ºC) for the next ten days or so.  I think there's a pretty good chance that we could get some periods of sun in the midst of this long-term unstable period... so let's hope for that.

As always, THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK (above) contains the forecast details.