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Saturday, December 17, 2016

just fine for mid-december... (pm.17.dec.16)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 51.0F (10.6C)
High temp: 58.1F (14.5C)
Rainfall: none

A perfectly clear evening is in progress, after a perfectly sunny day.  We've had some sharp alternations and fluctuations between clear and cloudy skies the last few days, but during the daylight hours on this Saturday we lucked out and ended up with pretty much 100% sunshine.  My high temp in the upper part of town was the warmest in nearly a week, while humidity ranged from a very low 16% early this morning, to about 40% late this afternoon.

It's really hard to nail down the timing on the pulses/waves of high cloudiness developing and moving rapidly along this current fast-moving jet-stream flow -- but there will be more on the way, on and off and on, during the coming several days.  All the way into next weekend, the overall pattern is expected to change very little, with temperatures not shifting very dramatically, and the brisk west-to-east upper-level flow remaining in place.  It looks like we could warm up a degree or two more by Wednesday, which will keep us on the plus-side of average for this stage of December.

Extended range models are still not looking very promising for any significant rain or snowfall in our general area all the way through the end of 2016...

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