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Sunday, May 17, 2015

cloud annoyances... (pm.17.may.15)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 63.3F (17.4C)
High temp: 74.3F (23.5C)
Rainfall: none

The sun is visible through hazy skies to our west this evening, with a few lingering and dissipating clouds along the Dhauladhars.  It's been another frustrating day, with regard to cloud development here along the front slopes of the mountains.  Our nice morning sunshine didn't last very long, with skies turning mostly cloudy by 10:00am, and then only fleeting peeks of sunshine until clearing kicked in between 4:30 and 5:00pm.  Those mid-day clouds prevented our temps from reaching their potential -- though it was very pleasant.

The big warm-up we've been talking about and anticipating for three days has been held up due to the freak cloud development here along the Dhauladhar slopes after only a few hours of morning heating.  You only have to go down to Kangra to get a taste of this very warm air mass which continues to heat up across the plains of north India.  There were also some thundershowers which passed quickly to our north and northeast this afternoon, but we missed out on that action as well.

According to the data and computer models, this much warmer air should have taken over our atmosphere a couple of days ago... but I guess we'll try again tomorrow, and see if the nuances of moisture and temperature variability in different layers of this air mass can iron themselves out to prevent the pesky cloud build-up along the mountains.  It's also worth mentioning that there could be a random period of thundershowers as well -- mainly between tonight and late Tuesday night.  After that, sunny to partly cloudy skies and seasonably warm temps should take us through the rest of the week.

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