Sunday, May 1, 2016

still soaring... (pm.01.may.16)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 66.6F (19.2C)
High temp: 86.3F (30.2C)
Rainfall: none

Well guess what?  We've achieved another high for the season and the year on this 1st day of May -- the maximum temp at my location on Tushita Road in the upper part of town was more in line for the last week of May, rather than the first day.  Humidity remains very low -- in the 20-25% range for most of the daylight hours -- and once again the sunshine was firmly in control.  Just before sunset this evening we have some haze, dust and smoke in the air, but there is a total absence of clouds.

Prematurely, we are under the influence of a mid-summertime kind of air mass and upper-level pattern, providing above-normal temperatures across a wide area.  Temps across Himalayan north India are especially warm for this early in the season, and that of course includes us.  This stability and extreme warmth will stick with us tomorrow (Mon), but then there's going to be a change in the overall pattern.  Increasing amounts of moisture are going to begin surging into northwest India from the Arabian Sea, as some upper-level dynamic energy drifts in from the west-northwest.  That means we should see more cloudiness by late tomorrow into Tuesday, and then a better chance of at least scattered showers and thunderstorms from Tuesday evening through Thursday and maybe Friday.  I do emphasize scattered, because any showers that develop will likely not hang around for very long.  After eight days without a drop of rain, some moisture would be welcome.

There are indications that temps could dip a bit, at least temporarily, during the coming week, but we're not talking about a pervasive shot of cooler air, so it won't be hard for us to rebound into the above normal range for this time of year -- as quickly as the weekend.

The final numbers for April can be found on APRIL DAILY STATS (above), and of course THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK details can be found on a tab at the top of this page as well.