Sunday, March 22, 2015

into the comfort zone... (am.22.mar.15)>

Another sunny morning is shaping up, with absolutely clear skies at dawn.  My low temp here in the upper part of town was 54.5F (12.5C), and there has been no precipitation overnight.

Our temperatures have been on an upward trend ever since Tuesday, and it looks like that's going to continue for another few days at least.  High pressure building across the Indian subcontinent is responsible for our warming air mass -- taking us to where we should be for the end of March, and then even above.  It's pretty likely my thermometer here on Tushita Road just below the mountaineering center will nudge the 70ºF/21ºC mark today for the first time since last October -- and those 70ºF+ temps will probably remain with us all the way through this week.

Full sunshine is not expected, though, as the rapidly warming lower layers of the atmosphere will be in conflict with some lingering pockets of cold air along the mountains.  That will keep us dealing with at least a couple of hours of instability during the afternoons, leading to some cloud development and even a couple of isolated showers in the higher elevations.  There may be a better chance of scattered showers and/or thundershowers (mainly during the afternoon/evening hours) starting on Wednesday and continuing into the weekend, but we're not talking about a major storm system at all.

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