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Friday, April 3, 2015

glimmers of hope... (pm.03.apr.15)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 48.2F (9.0C)
High temp: 55.2F (12.9C)
Rainfall since 7:00am: 0.73" (1.9cm)
24 hour rainfall: 1.11" (2.8cm)

It's still mostly cloudy at sunset this evening, though it does seem like the clouds are trying to break up a bit.  Today has been the rainiest and coldest day of this entire nearly week-long stretch of nasty weather, with frequent spells of rain and thunder -- the heaviest of which occurred between roughly 2:15 and 4:30pm.  Our temps today were more than 15ºF/8ºC colder than normal for early April.

Since last Sunday three strong upper-level disturbances have swept across northern India, with a couple of less intense ones rippling through in between.  This active weather pattern has produced more than 3" (7.6cm) of rain in the past six days -- making our transition from March into April less than lovely, to say the least.  We've also had five days in a row of temperatures remaining below 60ºF/16ºC.  We may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, however, as it looks like we are near the end of this long period of unseasonably cold and wet weather -- though it is going to take several days for us to climb out of it.

Our atmosphere is going to make an attempt at stabilization starting tomorrow, which should allow us to see a few periods of sunshine as temperatures begin a moderate rebound.  Unfortunately, lingering colder air in the mid- and upper-levels is going to lead to a good chance of some fairly major cloud development by mid-day into the afternoon hours, and then some isolated to scattered thundershower development as well.  That could happen not only tomorrow (Sat) and Easter Sunday, but all the way through the middle of next week as well.  But we'll have to take what we can get, and look forward to our temps struggling back toward 70ºF/21ºC by Thursday or Friday.

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