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**Temperatures have averaged very close to normal during this final week of April, just as we were expecting, with the next major warming trend possible by the end of next week...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

an aggressive warm-up... (pm.26.apr.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 62.8F (17.1C)
High temp: 81.3F (27.4C)
Rainfall: none

We're in the midst of another perfect late April evening, with almost totally clear skies, very pleasant temperatures and low humidity.  I haven't even talked about humidity at all lately, because it has been consistently low -- in fact, today it was barely 20-22% for most of the day, and it's been even lower than that down on the plains.  We again saw a few patches of high clouds throughout this Tuesday, with a bit of cumulus development along the mountains during the afternoon, but the sun has done its job nicely.  Temperatures are over-performing, providing us with the third-warmest day of the season and the year.

I've been consistently under-forecasting high temps the last three days or so, as our expected warming trend has been kicking in even more aggressively than the data has indicated.  Unless we end up with several hours of cloudiness during the peak-heating hours one of these days, we should continue to see temperatures climb, possibly taking us close to 84-85ºF (29ºC) as the weekend arrives.  That would be well above normal for the April/May transition period, and the warmest we've seen yet.

There is some wiggling and rippling and churning expected in the upper-levels of the atmosphere tomorrow afternoon through Thursday, however, and that could stir up a couple of rogue showers or thundershowers somewhere in our vicinity.  With this moisture-starved air mass, it'll be hard to get much in the rain gauge, but we'll watch it nonetheless.  Another chance of some random thundershower action enters the picture late Sunday or Monday, but it looks like we'll remain on the warm side of normal/average for the foreseeable future.

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