Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 42.8F (6.0C)

High temp: 58.4F (14.7C)
Precipitation: none

Let's just say, "WOW".  What a fantastic day it has been, with pretty much wall-to-wall sunshine; and temperatures warming more than 10F/6C above yesterday's high temp.  This evening just before sunset we have only a few traces of high clouds, otherwise it is clear and calm and gorgeous.

It's a relief to see that the high pressure ridge which had been projected by computer models for many days has indeed materialized and delivered according to plan -- providing us with these blue and sunny skies along with a much-appreciated warming trend.  That bubble of high pressure will continue to protect us from inclement weather for another couple of days at least, though there is a good chance that we'll see a gradual increase in some patches/periods of high cloudiness as we progress toward Thursday and Friday.  Temperatures will moderate another couple of degrees, but will probably not quite reach normal/average for this stage of March.  Still -- it's hard to complain when we're getting the nicest weather of the month thus far.

Unfortunately this is not a permanent condition.  A new trough of low pressure will be developing over Afghanistan into Pakistan by Friday, then slide across northwest India over the weekend into early next week.  There could be a few showers popping up by late Friday, but the better chance of a few periods of rain/thunder will be between Saturday and Monday.  The good news is that temperatures shouldn't drop nearly as dramatically as they did during our last storm system -- meaning that we could actually be getting close to the end of authentic wintry weather for this season (?).

THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK (tab above) has the details.