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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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

where is winter?... (pm.21.dec.16)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 54.7F (12.6C)
High temp: 65.4F (18.6C)
Rainfall: none

There are some high clouds visible on the south-southwestern horizon at dusk, otherwise we have clear skies.  The day has been mostly sunny, again, with only a bit of haze, and just a few small and fleeting patches of mainly high clouds from time to time.  The big issue of the day has been the WARMTH.  Although the winter solstice occurred at 4:14pm, my high temp today was the warmest I've recorded since the 9th of November, and just about 14ºF/7-8ºC above normal for late December.  It's really phenomenal.  And humidity was as low as it's been this entire fall/early winter season, staying below 20% all day long.

This mild and bone dry weather has been very comfortable, considering what could be happening this time of year, but we're starting to get into dire straights in terms of the total lack of moisture, and more frighteningly, the scant chances of precipitation in the upcoming days and weeks.  Twice a day I scan the data and charts, hoping something will change, but it's still looking like no significant moisture surges and no significant storm systems are set to develop or move across Himalayan north India during the next couple of weeks.

There will be the odd/rogue upper-level disturbance zipping by from time to time, bringing waves of mainly high clouds.  Also, it does look like our temperatures will dip fairly significantly as early as Friday, but more likely over the weekend -- but then milder air will flow back in during next week.  Winter is now officially here, Christmas is days away, but the weather is more like late October or early November...

Forecast details are on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above.