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Monday, April 6, 2015

our weird april... (pm.06.apr.15)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 48.7F (9.3C)
High temp: 60.8F (16.0C)
Rainfall: 0.18" (5mm) -- updated @ 9:30pm

If we can make it until midnight without measurable rainfall (**we didn't make it**), it will be the first time that's happened in nine days.  It's mostly cloudy as sunset approaches, but we do have a few breaks in the overcast scattered about.  The sun tried desperately to peek through the mainly high and mid-level cloudiness today, but wasn't all that successful, really.  Still,  my temperature in the upper part of town went above 60ºF/15.6ºC -- also for the first time in nine days.

Although we've seen some subtle improvements in the overall weather situation during the past three days or so, we're still missing the mark with regard to what should be happening during early April.  Temperatures remain more than 10ºF/6ºC cooler than normal for the season, and our sunshine has been woefully inadequate.  And as of this evening there is yet another upper-level circulation and broad area of instability dropping in from the west-northwest that will prevent us from seeing much improvement during the coming 36 hours or so.  We could see another few periods of showers and thundershowers starting anytime tonight, and continuing through Tuesday evening at least.  This is probably going to cause our warming trend to stall out as well.

BUT -- there have been consistent indications that a more dramatic turn to nicer weather awaits us by late Wednesday into Thursday.  High pressure to our south is going to make a valiant attempt to build northward, triggering an impressive warm-up, and temporarily erasing most of this instability that has been so prevalent since the last few days of March.  Computer models are re-introducing the risk of some shower/thunder development over the weekend, but then the trajectory toward more summer-ish weather resumes early next week.

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