Friday, April 3, 2015

more unneeded rain... (am.03.apr.15)>

It's a very gloomy, damp and chilly Good Friday morning out there, with cloudy skies and some periodic light rain.  There have been off-and-on light to moderate rain showers (and a bit of thunder/lightning) happening since about 7:40pm -- amounting to 0.38" (1.0cm) in my rain gauge since last evening's report.  The low temperature here at my location in the upper part of town has been 48.4ºF (9.1ºC), though it is just above 51ºF (11ºC) at this moment.

This is now the sixth day in a row of measurable rainfall, and I think it's not a big presumption to say that most of us are getting pretty sick and tired of it.  I will stand tall and put my hand in the air and say that I definitely am.  Rainfall since the beginning of February has been more than triple the normal/average amount, so I think we all have every right to say that enough is enough. 

The last in this agonizingly long series of upper-level disturbances is moving across the western Himalayan region right now, producing a widespread area of thick cloudiness and mainly light to moderate rain and thundershowers.  It's probably going to take most of the day and even into this evening before this system starts to loosen its grip on us, so expect more occasional rain shower action, with the risk of some thunder as well.  Temperatures will remain in the range of 'way cooler than normal' for early April.

A very slow and gradual shift in the overall weather pattern will begin to get underway tomorrow, but it may take until the middle of next week before we get much substantial benefit from it.  We should start to see a bit more sunshine returning over the weekend, but the risk of some isolated to widely scattered showers/thunder will still exist, especially during the late afternoon into the nighttime hours both Saturday and Easter Sunday, and possibly beyond.  I do think our temps will moderate significantly by Wednesday or Thursday, but that's still a long way off...

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