Thursday, December 3, 2015

our personal secrets... (pm.03.dec.15)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 48.9F (9.4C)
High temp: 57.3F (14.1C)
Rainfall: none

In spite of the abundant sunshine, today averaged out to be one of the cooler days of this autumn/winter season so far.  But still, both high and low temps at my location on Tushita Road in the upper part of town were slightly above normal for early December.  There was the expected light haze at times today, along with a few barely noticeable wisps of high, thin cirrus clouds -- otherwise the sun was unhindered.  Humidity averaged 40%.

The latest surge of dense, cool early winter air which started flowing in from central Asia about 36 hours ago has been creeping southward and downhill.  At the same time, a ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere has been building in, providing some fairly aggresive warming aloft.  This has caused the classic inversion situation to become established again across northern India, with that layer of smog accumulating in the lower elevations below us and down onto the plains.  As I've mentioned numerous times before -- this is one of the best kept secrets around here -- ignored and overlooked by the robot weather apps that are so 'slick and convenient'.  During stable weather patterns during the winter season, our conditions are much brighter and more pleasant up here along the Dhauladhars than further downhill.  Don't tell anyone... let's keep the truth to ourselves(!).

This quiet and pleasant pattern looks like it will continue for the next several days, and here at our elevation there's a pretty good chance that we'll experience at least a moderate bump in temperatures over the course of the weekend.  There's a hint of some kind of more active weather scenario by the latter half of next week, according to one or two of the computer models, so we'll keep an eye on that.

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