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Monday, May 4, 2015

almost unlimited sun... (pm.04.may.15)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 60.4F (15.8C)
High temp: 81.1F (27.3C)
Rainfall: none

My high temperature this afternoon in the upper part of town was the warmest of the season and the year.  The previous warmest was 80.7F (27.1C) back on the 20th of April.  It's been one of the very sunniest days of this spring/summer season, with only a minor amount of scraggly cumulus development over the highest mountain peaks during the afternoon hours.  This evening at sunset, there are a few wisps of high cirrus clouds drifting in from the northwest, otherwise it is mostly clear.

It was very nice to see that the anticipated warming in the higher levels of the atmosphere did indeed materialize today, almost totally erasing the afternoon mountain instability factor.  This is thanks to a huge bubble of high pressure aloft which continues to build across roughly the northwest half of India.  Tomorrow will likely be another day of stability, so expect nearly unlimited sunshine once again.  Some of the computer model data is trending toward an increase in the moisture content of our air mass by Wednesday, however, so we will need to be conscious of the potential of some isolated PM shower/thunder development over the mountains once again during the latter half of the week.  

Unseasonably early scorching summer heat will continue to build on the plains to our south as the week goes on... and we will be catching that unseasonable warmth as well.  As I've already been mentioning, our temps will be more typical of late May or early June by tomorrow (Tue) or Wednesday.  Further ahead, there will probably be more cloudiness to deal with over the weekend into early next week, along with a better chance of some scattered thundershower activity.

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