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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...

Friday, April 22, 2016

showers still lurking... (pm.22.apr.16)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 54.0F (12.2C)
High temp: 72.8F (22.7C)
Rainfall: 0.19" (5mm)

There's a sliver of clearing skies along the west-southwestern horizon as the sun sets, otherwise it's still mostly cloudy here at the end of an active weather day.  Starting at just after 4:00am we had some light showers and gusty winds, with a few other periods of showers and thunder off and on during both the morning and afternoon hours, with even a brief episode of hail right around 2:30pm.  In the midst of that, we also had a nice period of sunshine from late morning until just after noon.  Temperatures were not so warm today -- my high temp was the coolest since the 11th of the month.

It's been plain to see that our atmosphere has been on the turbulent side today, as we were expecting.  A large upper-level low pressure circulation is centered just northwest of Srinagar this evening, and has provided plenty of instability across Himalayan north India, thanks to some unseasonably cold air aloft that is parked overhead.  There have been numerous areas of showers and thunderstorms strung up and down the western Himalayan chains, though at least here in our immediate area, actual rainfall amounts have been on the light side.  This weakening system will remain fairly stationary through tomorrow night, with the first signs of a bit of a pattern shift entering the picture during the day Sunday.  That means we could still see some random shower or thundershower development tomorrow (Sat), but then lesser chances on Sunday.  Temps will run a bit cooler than normal over the weekend.

A feeble ridge of high pressure will attempt to take over as we move through much of next week, and that should send our temperatures on an upward trajectory again.  Rain chances should be confined to just isolated PM activity along the mountain slopes as we finish off the month of April.

Forecast details can be found on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above.