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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

the season's lowest temps... (pm.13.dec.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 46.4F (8.0C)
High temp: 54.6F (12.6C)
Rainfall: none

We have clear skies tonight as a big, bright, nearly-full moon rises over the mountains in the east.  There was quite a lot of patchy, flat cumulus cloud development this afternoon, but the sunshine was pretty much unrestricted in spite of that.  My early morning low temp was the coolest of the season by a full 2ºC (3.6ºF), and the high was the coolest I've recorded as well... just slightly below yesterday's high temp.  Believe it or not, we're still running on the plus-side of normal for mid-December, but at least it is feeling a little more like it should for this time of year.  Humidity has been running in the 40-50% range.

There's not much at all to watch during the coming several days or more, with no storm systems of any kind threatening to develop from central Asia into the western and central Himalayas.  This colder air mass we are currently dealing with will gradually be moderating toward the end of the week, and possibly into early next week as well, as a new ridge of high pressure aloft builds across central and northern India.  That means yet another temperature inversion will develop -- with colder air trapped at the surface by increasingly milder air aloft.  Of course that will lead to the next round of fog and haze and smog for the plains to our south.

Our temps are bottoming out now, and maybe for the next 24 hours or so, before they start to creep slowly upward again.  There could be some periods of high clouds on the way by the end of the week, but that should be about it.

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