Saturday, April 2, 2016

warmest since september... (pm.02.apr.16)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 58.3F (14.6C)
High temp: 76.4F (24.7C)
Rainfall: 0.07" (2mm)

Once again we've reached a new high temperature for the season, and for all of 2016.  In fact, according to my records, the last time the temp was higher than it was today, was way back on the 12th of September -- nearly seven months ago!!  There were lots of high clouds across the area today, but they were mainly thin cirrus, and we were able to get the benefit of at least dim sunshine for the vast majority of the day.  Patches of those cirrus clouds remain overhead at sunset.

We had a couple of periods of light rain showers and gusty winds during the wee hours of the morning -- I would estimate it was in the 2:00-3:15am range but I'll admit I never arose to full consciousness -- and that shower action was the first sign of the changes in the weather pattern which are now on approach.  There's still a massive high pressure ridge dominating most of the Indian subcontinent, providing some truly hot weather on the plains not far to our south.  However, there are also some waves of fairly impressive upper-level energy starting to show up to our northwest, which will create a rather lengthy period of instability for us as we head into the new week.  Isolated to widely scattered showers and/or thunderstorms will become more probable by tomorrow (Sun) evening through Monday, but I don't think we're talking about any long-lasting rains.

Another wave of good shower/thunder potential will appear on Wednesday into Thursday, as temperatures next week settle a few degrees lower than we've seen recently.  Right now it looks like the overall pattern will trend toward more stability by next weekend.

Forecast specifics can be found on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab, located at the top of the page.