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**Our early Sunday morning round of thundershowers is winding down now (8:20am)... after depositing 1.18" (3.0cm) in the rain gauge.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

no winter for winter solstice... (pm.20.dec.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 53.4F (11.9C)
High temp: 61.1F (16.2C)
Rainfall: none

Temperatures today, both pre-dawn low and afternoon high, were about normal for the 5th of November -- that's an indication of how far above seasonal averages we are.  Sunshine was abundant and unhindered all day long, with humidity ranging from just 15 to 30%.  Late this evening our skies remain clear, except for a bit of light haze.

We are on a trajectory to finish the month of December without measurable precipitation.  Models continue to show nothing other than perhaps some very high elevation snow showers during the next couple of weeks or more, so the way things stand, we could begin 2017 the same way we're ending 2016 --- dry dry dry.

There are indications of a fairly significant dip in temps over this coming Christmas weekend, but we'll probably still remain on the high side of normal for this time of year.  Expect more rounds of high clouds from time to time over the coming several days as well, though we should see plenty of hours of sunshine in between.

THE WINTER SOLSTICE occurs tomorrow (Wed) at 4:14pm IST -- so we've arrived at the shortest day of the year, even if our temperatures aren't feeling very winter-like.