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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, May 24, 2016

4 x normal rainfall... (pm.24.may.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 53.2F (11.8C)
High temp: 69.4F (20.8C)
Rainfall: 2.71" (6.9cm) -- updated @ 8:15pm

The clouds are trying to break a bit to the north and west, otherwise it's still mostly cloudy this evening, with a few sprinkles and very light showers scattered around town.  We've had a few periods of mainly light rain showers, a bit of thunder, and some gusty winds at times today, but the vast majority of our mammoth rainfall total occurred between about 4:30 and 7:30am.  It rained extremely hard from 5:00 to 6:00am, and as I was lying there listening to it, it felt eerily similar to a mid-monsoon morning.  I've now measured about 9.50" (24cm) of rain for the month of May, which is more than FOUR TIMES the normal/average amount for the entire month -- with a week to go.  Also noteworthy is the fact that both our high and low temps were the second-coolest for this May.

There will still probably be some isolated or widely scattered showers and thundershowers somewhere in our vicinity overnight, with the risk of a thundershower or two on Wednesday as well, but the trend during the coming 24-36 hours will be toward a more stable atmosphere, overall, and I am hopeful that we'll see much more sunshine tomorrow (Wed), with temperatures starting to rebound rather quickly.  The computer model data shows an extremely dramatic warm-up by Friday and Saturday, but I think we have to be wary of that, considering the fact that there will be enough moisture in the air to generate afternoon cloudiness and at least a small chance of a thundershower on any given day... right through the weekend.

Further ahead, it's looking like a mixed bag of sunshine, clouds, moderate humidity levels, and a decent risk of a PM thundershower as we finish off the month.

THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK has all the forecast details, with other climate info also found on tabs at the top of the page.