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Thursday, March 26, 2015

temps still climbing... (am.26.mar.15)>

We have some of those very thin cirrus cloud fragments scattered across the area at sunrise this morning, otherwise it's mostly clear.  My low temp here in the upper part of town -- 60.6F (15.9C) -- is the mildest of the season.  There has been no precipitation overnight.

Our weather situation for the past eight days has been nothing short of spectacular, with each day warmer than the previous, and lots of sunshine to go around.  Although there have been a couple of brief periods of sprinkles or very light rain showers, it has amounted to no more than a trace.  As you know, it's been a gigantic ridge of high pressure anchored over the Indian subcontinent that has gifted us with this extended period of fantastic springtime weather -- and it looks like we've still got another few days to enjoy this.  Expect temperatures to remain well above normal with a mix of sun and occasional clouds, and just a barely mentionable risk of an isolated afternoon shower in the vicinity of the mountains.

By Saturday evening the upper-level pattern will begin changing, paving the way for a series of stronger disturbances to move across northern India.  This shift in the pattern will increase our chances for some periods of rain and thunderstorms, while also causing temperatures to drop considerably.  Right now the most likely window for significant rainfall looks like Sunday through Monday night, and again starting on Wednesday.  It would be a good idea to be mentally prepared for a return to cooler, wetter, and very unsettled conditions all through next week...

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