Thursday, December 24, 2015

peace and quiet... (pm.24.dec.15)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 36.0F (2.2C)
High temp: 46.5F (8.1C)
Rainfall: none

Christmas Eve night.... and we have a spectacular clear sky with a nearly full moon rising.  Although we had a very cold start -- the coldest temp I've recorded this season -- abundant sunshine provided us with a very bright and cheerful kind of day.  There was only a minor amount of haze here in McLeod and vicinity, with just a few clouds attempting to pop up over the mountains during the afternoon.

We've still got no major weather drama to be concerned about during the coming week or so, though there will be the battles with occasional clouds, along with another risk of some random shower development somewhere close to us on Saturday night through Sunday.  That shower risk will be in association with a rather strong pulse of energy riding along on very fast jetstream winds, in conjunction with a brief influx of moisture from the southwest.  All of the models are keeping measurable precipitation in the higher elevations to our northeast, but it's something to watch nonetheless.

We should see the first hints of some milder temps on Christmas Day, as a very impressive warming of the air mass throughout all layers of the atmosphere gets underway.  A variety of cloud development issues can easily put a damper on an anticipated warming trend... but if we can hold on to a good amount of sunshine, it looks like we will spend the final several days of 2015 with temperatures running above normal for the season.

Wishing you all -- both here in McLeod Ganj and around the world -- a HAPPY, MERRY, JOYFUL, PEACEFUL AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!