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Saturday, February 11, 2017

winter waning for now... (pm.11.feb.17)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 46.6F (8.1C)
High temp: 56.1F (13.4C)
Precipitation: none

After a very active weather pattern which began during the first week of January, things have settled down a lot during the last several days.  The progression of strong disturbances sweeping in from the west, tapping significant amounts of tropical moisture from the Arabian Sea and forcing it up against the western Himalayan ranges has come to an end -- for now.  A generally quiet westerly flow aloft is expected to continue during the coming five or six days, with a fairly impressive ridge of high pressure attempting to build (temporarily) into northwest India.

Temperatures the last couple of days are already starting to nudge just slightly above normal for this time of year, but right now it's looking likely that we'll be pushing 60ºF/16ºC by the middle of this coming week -- for the first time since the end of December.  That's not summer, of course, but it would at least be a little bit of a taste of the spring season which is not too far away.

Mainly high clouds will challenge the sun from time to time, but the risk of any significant precipitation seems to be very small during the next week or more...