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Sunday, May 24, 2015

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We're back to clear skies at sunrise this morning, but it was a bit of a bumpy night, with some weak thundershowers moving through.  I should say 'thundersprinkles', because there's nothing measurable in my rain gauge -- they just produced a bit of thunder, some gusty winds, and only a few sprinkles of rain.  I've got a low temp of 63.1F (17.3C) which occurred in the midst that action... but it's hovering very close to 68F (20C) just before sunrise.

Our air mass has destabilized somewhat during the past 18 hours or so, thanks to an upper-level flow which contains a couple of weak disturbances.  There is also a narrow band of slightly more moist air lurking just to our southwest, and that combination has been enough to stir up some random shower/thunder activity across Himalayan north India.  There should still be plenty of sunshine the next couple of days, but we'll also be unstable enough to see more isolated to widely scattered thundershower development -- mainly from the mid-afternoon into the overnight hours.  It's been borderline HOT recently, so it actually wouldn't be so bad to get a nice shower to settle the dust and cool things off temporarily.

Another batch of drier air sweeps in by Tuesday, along with a trend back toward stability for several days.  That means most of next week will feature a majority of strong summer sunshine, along with temperatures running very close to the highest levels they ever get around here -- near 90ºF/32ºC.  But this is the time of the year for that to happen.

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