Thursday, April 7, 2016

variables in motion... (pm.07.apr.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 52.5F (11.4C)
High temp: 72.1F (22.3C)
Rainfall: 0.09" (2mm)
*updated @ 8:05pm

The weather is not very nice at all this evening just before sunset, though most of the day has been bright and pleasant.  Currently it's cloudy, some thunder is rumbling, and there are some sprinkles and light rain showers scattered around the area.  The wind is occasionally strong and gusty as well.  Earlier, we were able to enjoy a lot of sunshine which only had to compete with a few clouds until about 3:30 or 4:00pm when the mountain cumulus development really took over.  That sunshine allowed us to warm up nicely -- the high temps around the area exceeding expectations by a few degrees.  Starting just before 4:30pm there was some thunder, which takes us up to what we're dealing with now.

All of this is characteristic of the moderate instability we've been talking about over the course of the last few days.  The upper-level flow remains embedded with weak disturbances and pockets of colder air; riding over the top of a milder air mass closer to the surface.  With strong springtime sunshine like we had most of today, the atmosphere gets boiling, which has led to scattered thundershower development not only in our neighborhood, but all across the western Himalayan region.

There are really no major changes in the general weather pattern expected during the coming several days.  The pattern will remain favorable for some isolated to widely scattered shower/thunder development during the afternoon and evening hours -- though we will also see a good amount of sunshine on a daily basis.  As we saw today, our temps will quickly respond to the sunshine, keeping our daytime highs fairly close to normal for early April.

Check out the rest of the blog for lots of other information about the climate in our local area, including THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK which is located on a tab above.