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Monday, November 21, 2016

waves of high clouds... (pm.21.nov.16)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 54.5F (12.5C)
High temp: 61.8F (16.6C)
Rainfall: none

It's mostly overcast this evening, at the end of a day which featured variable high cloudiness from start to finish.  We did manage to squeeze out some decent periods of sunshine in the midst of it all, but there seemed to always be a good amount of those high, thin cirrus clouds drifting by overhead.  Even with limited sunshine, temps were mild.  In fact, after those few cooler days last week, we've been again running significantly above normal for the latter part of November.  Humidity today ranged from 27 to 36%, which is lower than it's been recently.

A broad and deep area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere continues to dominate the weather pattern across central Asia, and we find ourselves on the southern fringes of that system, as a fast-moving jet stream flow brings wave after wave of high cloudiness across our area.  This system is not really going anywhere during the coming five days or so, and that will keep us in a holding pattern of sorts, with more variable high clouds, and temperatures which are now looking like they will remain milder/warmer than normal for the season.  The colder central Asian air mass we were concerned about is showing signs of reluctance to move further southward.

Rain and snow showers are still a good bet in higher mountain areas to our north -- all the way through Saturday.  So far, there has been no activity breaking out along the Dhauladhars, but that could change by the end of the week.  By Sunday, the pattern should shift yet again, but probably toward even milder weather, not toward more winter-like conditions.

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