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Monday, March 23, 2015

now above normal... (pm.23.mar.15)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 55.8ºF (13.2ºC)
High temp: 71.2ºF (21.8ºC)
Rainfall: none

There are some high clouds showing up to the west at sunset this evening, otherwise we have mostly clear skies.  Recently, each day has been warmer than the one before, and that happened again today.  My high temp in the upper part of town was pushing 22ºC by this afternoon -- registering another new high for 2015.  We did have to deal with a bit of mountain cloudiness during the afternoon hours, but the sunshine was never really challenged all that much.

We're definitely getting right into the middle of the comfort zone in terms of temperatures -- with both early morning lows and afternoon hights quite pleasant, and even now a bit warmer than normal for this time of year.  All of this is due to the massive high pressure ridge which continues to dominate the weather pattern across the Indian subcontinent.  Though we do have to watch a weak upper-level disturbance rippling through here on Wednesday, things should remain generally stable and pleasant into the first half of the weekend.  That Wednesday disturbance could stir up a couple of random/isolated showers or thundershowers somewhere around the area, but I'm fairly sure we won't have to deal with widespread or long-lasting rain.

Changes are starting to show up on the horizon by Sunday, however.  A much stronger upper-level system will start to break down our stable high pressure ridge, leading to an increasing chance of rain and thunderstorms.  Things this far in advance are subject to change, of course, but right now next week is looking like a cooler and wetter scenario than the one we've enjoyed this past week or so.  

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