Tuesday, January 5, 2016

not so winter-like... (pm.05.jan.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 44.8F (7.1C)
High temp: 56.0F (13.3C)
24 hour rainfall: 0.09" (2mm)

The last bit of light is fading in the western sky, and we have a few dissipating cumulus clouds along the mountains, and a scattering of high clouds elsewhere.  Our overnight low temperature was a bit cooler than we've seen in the last ten days or so, but our high temp was pretty close to what we've been experiencing throughout this warmer-than-average stretch since the day after Christmas.  The bigger news is that there was finally some measurable rain in the gauge overnight, along with a generous dusting of snow along the Dhauladhar range and even some of the lower foothills -- all well above us, of course.

The upper-level disturbance responsible for that light precipitation has now moved off to the east, leaving us with a very rapid flow at the jetstream level that remains full of weak wiggles and ripples of energy.  That should keep us alternating between sunshine and periods of mainly high clouds during the next couple of days, though rain/snow chances will be very small... until Friday.  At that time, a disturbance dropping in from the west-northwest will once again increase our risk of some scattered showers of rain (here) and snow (up above) -- though the data coming out during the past 24 hours or so indicates that precipitation amounts will be very much on the light side.  Again, we will keep watch in case there are changes in the scenario.

Temperatures should be trending downward, effective immediately, but amazingly, it's still looking relatively mild for January.  It's hard to believe we are entering the very heart of the winter season, and still enjoying this kind of weather.  We may have a brief taste of cold temps Friday into Sunday morning, but then another push of mild air seems to be on the way early next week.

You can find all the forecast details on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above.