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TOTAL RAINFALL yesterday afternoon/evening = 0.41" (1.0cm)

Friday, May 15, 2015

big warm-up ahead... (pm.15.may.15)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 55.9F (13.3C)
High temp: 73.5F (23.1C)
Rainfall since 7am: none
24 hour rainfall: 0.25" (6mm)

Partly cloudy is the name of the game at sunset this evening, which has been the story actually for the last several days.  Once again today we saw a lot of variability between clouds and sun, though the sunshine won the majority of our daylight hours.  Rainfall was confined to the very early morning hours well before sunrise, but there was a bit of thunder rumbling to our northeast along the mountains for a little while during the late afternoon.  Temps today were pleasant, though well below normal for this time of year.

A broad upper-level low pressure circulation has been lingering over north India, and more specifically, Himachal Pradesh during the past 24 hours -- preventing us from busting out into our warming trend that we've been waiting for.  But right now, our atmosphere is in the process of a significant transformation, as much warmer air gets ready to surge in from the west-southwest over the weekend.  Apart from the risk of some isolated thunder development over the mountains to our north and east during the PM hours, we should be dealing with a fairly stable air mass between tomorrow and Monday, thanks to high pressure building in aloft.  Barring surprises, the thermometer is going to be making a major jump during the coming 48 hours or so -- taking us back above normal for mid-May.

As next week unfolds, we'll be seeing a typical summertime weather pattern with very warm temps and the risk of some isolated thunderstorm action during the afternoon or evening hours.  We're now moving into the warmest several weeks of the year for us, on average -- between roughly the 20th of May and the 20th of June.

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