Thursday, December 31, 2015

time marches on... (pm.31.dec.15)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 47.8F (8.8C)
High temp: 57.4F (14.1C)
Precipitation: none

It's the final evening of 2015, and it's a nice one.  We have scattered high clouds as the western sky darkens, along with temperatures which remain very mild for the December-to-January transition.  In fact, it was evening a couple of degrees (F) warmer than expected, with nearly full sunshine until some more significant high cloudiness started to drift in from the west by about 3:00pm.

A weak upper-level disturbance will move from Pakistan across northern India during the next 24 hours or so, stirring up a considerable amount of mainly high clouds -- but rain chances will remain very small.  Then a better organized and better-equipped disturbance should move into our area on Monday into Tuesday, giving us a more significant chance of some precipitation breaking out here along the Dhauladhars.  At this point, it's looking like the more substantial precip (mainly in the form of snow) will happen in the higher elevations to our north and northeast -- but we've definitely got to keep an eye on developments over the weekend.

Temperatures will cool down a bit by early next week, but unless this approaching system strengthens and we get a few good periods of rain, it seems that we may not even cool down to normal for the first week of January.  Again, we shall watch and wait.

HAPPY NEW YEAR... and a special thanks to those of you (you know who you are) who have kept this blog going by your support/donations this past year.  Your encouragement has meant more than you may realize.