Friday, December 4, 2015

a mild weekend... (pm.04.dec.15)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 50.5F (10.3C)
High temp: 59.6F (15.3C)
Rainfall: none

There are numerous streaks of high thin cirrus clouds across our sky early tonight, at the end of yet another very pleasant early December day.  Our sunshine wasn't as unrestricted today as it had been the previous three days, as we had to contend with batch after batch of those cirrus clouds being carried along on a rapid westerly flow aloft.  There was also a bit of haze, as has been the case all week.  My thermometer in the upper part of town nearly reached 60ºF between 2:00 and 3:00pm, with humidity hovering in the 40-45% range for most of the day.

Our weather pattern is now dominated by a very large ridge of high pressure aloft which continues to build from the Arabian Sea across northwest India.  This is a very stable scenario for us which, along with a dry air mass in place, prevents even the slightest probability of precipitation development.  The exception during the next few days could be in the very highest elevations to our north and northeast as a few weak ripples of energy ride along the northern fringes of that high pressure ridge.  Expect alternating sunshine and high clouds right through the weekend into early next week, with temperatures perhaps rising a bit more -- into a range that is significantly warmer than normal for this time of year.

Some kind of upper-level low pressure system is showing up on the charts for the latter half of next week, which introduces at least a moderate risk of rain showers by Thursday into Friday.  It also looks like our temperatures could plummet if/when that system arrives.

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