Sunday, December 13, 2015

dhauladhar surprises... (pm.13.dec.15)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 43.3F (6.3C) -- updated @ 9:00pm
High temp: 50.5F (10.3C)
Rainfall: 0.06" (2mm)

There are some stars visible in the midst of partly cloudy and hazy skies early tonight.  Today has definitely been a disappointment, with much more cloudiness, fog and thick haze than expected -- not to mention the crazy surprise sprinkles and brief light rain showers between 2:00 and 3:00pm, and again right around 4:30pm.  There were occasional periods of sunshine interspersed, but not enough for us to call it a nice day at all.  Humidity remains in the higher range of 60-75%.

Mountain micro-climate features here along the leading edge of the north Indian Himalayan ranges are almost always totally overlooked by the computer models, which is what makes forecasting weather conditions here a big pain in the petunia at times.  None of the models had a handle on the weak ripple in the upper-level flow which interacted with the lingering moisture and very cool air mass here along the Dhauladhars to produce the murkiness and spotty showers today.  But we will have to continue to be aware of a rippling flow at the jetstream level all week long, with the potential for wildcards in our forecast from time to time.  Right now it seems that the next chance of us getting some random/scattered light rain showers will be on Wednesday night through Thursday -- with a mix of sun, haze and periods of clouds otherwise.

Temperatures may try to moderate just a bit during the mid-week, but maybe not enough for us to notice, before another reinforcing shot of slightly cooler air slides in Thursday into Friday.  Short days... long nights... this is December.

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