Thursday, December 17, 2015

season's coldest... (pm.17.dec.15)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 39.6F (4.2C)
High temp: 45.5F (7.5C)
Rainfall: none

Our skies have cleared out considerably during the last hour or so, but it's still partly cloudy early tonight, with some light haze as well.  There were only a couple of short periods of sunshine early this afternoon, leaving us with a mostly cloudy day, with lots of haze at times, and even a period of rumbling thunder off and on between about 3:00 and 4:15pm.  Personally, I never saw any rain drops, but there could have been some sprinkles or light showers somewhere around the area, especially during that late afternoon convective activity.  The most significant news of the day is the temperatures -- I recorded the coldest high temp since the 3rd of February, which certainly puts us into the mid-winter league.

Yes, you are right, it is colder than it normally is by this stage of the winter season, with today's temps very close to normal for about the 10th of January.  We're getting pay-back for all the unseasonably mild days we enjoyed for the majority of the season up until about a week ago.  Things really do tend to balance/average out in the long run.

An upper-level low pressure circulation tracking overhead today was responsible for all the cloudiness, the thunder, and this latest drop in temperatures -- but it is now moving east of us.  Unfortunately, the jetstream orientation is going to keep us in line for periods of cloudiness and at least slight chances of some random showers over the next several days, with Sunday and Tuesday being the best candidates for that.  Otherwise we will see hazy sunshine; though the sun's power this time of year leaves much to be desired.  It looks like temps will stay on the cool side of normal/average all the way through Christmas - at least.

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