Wednesday, March 23, 2016

holi into easter weekend... (pm.23.mar.16)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 53.6F (12.0C)
High temp: 68.5F (20.3C)
Rainfall: none

There are large patches of mid- and high clouds across the area this evening, but the setting sun is shining through as well.  Those clouds really did pose a serious challenge to our sunshine today... but this aggressively warming air mass still managed to keep temps on an upward trend, with the day's high (above) almost right on target.  Humidity was only about 25% during the mid-morning, but rose to about 35% by late afternoon.

Clouds of the type we saw today are an indication of very dramatic warming occurring in the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere, as a steep ridge of high pressure builds across west and northwest India.  The forecast challenge the next couple of days centers on the extent of more mainly high cloud development, and how that's going to interact with a much warmer air mass.  If we can come up with a majority of sunshine, temperatures will be feeling almost summer-like -- but if the clouds hang in, it won't get much above about 70-72ºF (21-22ºC).  Still, we're talking about the warmest temps of our spring season thus far.

A brand new upper-level disturbance/circulation will move across northern India over the weekend, bringing more changes.  Rain and thunderstorm chances will be on the increase again, especially by late Saturday, continuing into Monday morning.  It's not going to rain continuously during that period of time, but be on the lookout for at least a couple of waves of showers/thunder during this Easter weekend.  Temps should cool off several degrees as well.

Holi is now being celebrated across India, and rumor has it that we'll get our turn tomorrow -- check the weather specifics on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab at the top of the page.