Saturday, March 28, 2015

time for some changes... (pm.28.mar.15)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 61.3F (16.3C)
High temp: 75.5F (24.2C)
Rainfall: none

Our sky is partly cloudy at sunset this Saturday evening, after a day of both sunshine and occasional clouds.  The high temp at my location in the upper part of town was slightly warmer than expected, posting a new high for the season and the year.  It seems that has been happening nearly every day this week.  Both high and low temperatures the last several days have been closer to historical averages for about April 10-12 or so.

All of this unseasonably warm weather is going to come to a screeching halt during the next 24 hours, however, as we undergo the first stages of a major shift in the overall pattern.  Right now there is a rather strong upper-level circulation pushing into western Afghanistan, which is going to plow eastward into northern India by Monday night, knocking down this big high pressure ridge which has provided us with such nice, springlike conditions for the past 10-11 days.  The first chance of some shower or thundershower development will enter the picture sometime on Sunday morning, with increasing chances of occasional showers and thunderstorms through Monday night.  There may be a bit of a break on Tuesday into Wednesday -- meaning showers could become more isolated/widely scattered -- but then an even stronger system is being projected for the end of next week.  Basically, we're looking at a good chance of measurable rain each and every 24 hour period all the way through Easter Sunday.

Cooler air will start to arrive tomorrow, and it looks like we'll spend the majority of the week below normal for the March to April transition.  The spring season in McLeod is well-known for its roller-coaster temperature rides, and that's what we'll be embarking upon shortly...

Detailed forecast info can always be found on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab at the top of the home page.