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Friday, April 10, 2015

the massive leap... (pm.10.apr.15)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 54.3F (12.4C)
High temp: 72.3F (22.4C)
Rainfall: none

A very comfortable evening is in progress, with patchy mainly high clouds across the area. Today's high temp was the warmest since the 28th of March -- with the sun dominating for the vast majority of the day.  There was quite a lot of cumulus development over the mountains again between about 11:00am and 4:00pm, but it didn't really put much of a dent in our sunshine here in McLeod.

Our warm-up during the past 36 hours has been nothing short of stunning, as we've finally been catapulted out of the unseasonably cool and wet weather which plagued us for the better part of the past two weeks.  We're already getting close to where we should be for the middle of April, as aggressive warming continues throughout the various layers of the atmosphere.  As expected, it's been a radical shift in the pattern, and I'm pretty sure there are no complaints.

This turn to much warmer weather looks like it isn't going anywhere, though we will have an increasing chance of an isolated thundershower or two as we progress through the weekend.  Massive warming in the upper atmosphere, in the form of a strong ridge of high pressure that looks more like late May than mid-April is going to shield us from any significant storm systems all the way through most of next week.  BUT -- we'll still have to be aware of some isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours by the middle of the week.

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