Wednesday, April 13, 2016

temps on the rise... (pm.13.apr.16)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 59.2F (15.1C)
High temp: 76.4F (24.7C)
Rainfall: none

There are just a few lingering patches of cumulus clouds hanging around before sunset this evening -- most of them right along the mountain peaks.  It's been another gorgeous April day, though there was a more pronounced build-up of clouds over the Dhauladhars during the afternoon hours, which led to a couple of thundershowers up there.  There was some thunder rumbling off and on, mainly between 3:00 and 4:00pm, but none of that development ever crept very far downhill.  Temperatures today continued their recent aggressive rise -- my high temp moved into a three-way tie for the warmest of this month, season and year, matching the highs back on both the 2nd and 3rd of April.

The warmest air mass of this new summer season is building across the heart of India, and the data shows that increasingly warmer air trying to surge into Himalayan north India during the next two or three days.  The issue is, we could also see an increase in high cloudiness along with the warming temps throughout all layers of the atmosphere -- and if the sun is restricted, then we don't get to partake of the full benefit of that potentially warmer air mass.  So at this point I'm being rather conservative with our high temps between tomorrow (Thu) and Saturday, and if the sun prevails, it will be even warmer.

The next series of disturbances in the upper-level flow will start to affect us over the weekend, bringing an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms once again.  Right now it looks like we could be in for an extended period of instability and scattered rain showers/thunder all the way into the middle of next week.

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