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**The first morning of MAY has arrived... and we have beautifully clear skies at dawn, with a relatively cool temp near 59ºF/15ºC.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 57.7F (14.3C)
High temp: 69.3F (20.7C)
Rainfall: 0.60" (1.5cm)

We've been able to partake of a much-needed break in the action this afternoon and evening, after a very stormy, wet and dreary 24 hours previous.  Yet another round of thundershowers broke out very early this morning, delivering an additional dose of significant rainfall, but most of that came to an end just before 5:30am.  We did have a couple of fleeting sprinkles of rain during the rest of the morning, as our skies remained totally cloudy.  The first glimpses of sun appeared shortly after noon, and then by 2:30 or 3:00pm we were enjoying mostly sunny skies.  The PM sun wasn't enough to warm things up very much, however... my high temp on Tushita Road just below the mountaineering center was the coolest I've recorded since the 11th of April, exactly one month ago.

The computer model charts and data sets are all over the place with regard to what the coming 3-5 days hold for us.  There's consistency in the fact that we're going to have more waves and periods of showers and thunderstorms between now and the weekend, but the inconsistency concerns the timing.  It's looking like we still have a good chance of measurable rain each and every 24 hour period, with some spells of heavy rain as well.  But we should also be able to squeeze out many hours of dry and quiet conditions, in between bouts of showers/thunder.  We're now sitting at 2.5 TIMES the normal amount of rain for the month of May, so I know I am not at all excited about the prospects for more.

Humidity will stay well above normal for mid-May, as temperatures continue to average out below normal.  There are signs of rising temps over the weekend into early next week, so we'll keep an eye on that.

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