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Thursday, March 23, 2017

over-performing temperatures... (pm.23.mar.17)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 58.5F (14.7C)
High temp: 72.7F (22.6C)
Precipitation: trace

Today has featured some nice periods of sun, along with occasional cloud cover, and a couple of very brief brushes with some light thundershower action -- during the early morning, and again during the mid-afternoon.  Temperatures have been over-performing the last couple of days, with today's high temp (between 1:00 and 2:00pm) exceeding expectations again, pushing us further above normal for this stage of March.  This evening at sunset it is partly to mostly cloudy, but pleasantly mild.

The slightly disturbed upper-atmosphere that we're dealing with right now has not really done much, but then, we haven't been expecting much drama out of this weak system anyway.  There's still a fairly decent chance of a round or two of showers and/or thundershowers overnight, and then at least a slight chance of some isolated activity on Friday as well.  But I will be very surprised if we get anything very impressive in the rain gauge.

The next surge of warmer air associated with a huge sprawling ridge of high pressure across central India will make its way in our direction over the weekend, and according to the latest data, should make it feel much more like the latter part of April than the latter part of March, between about Sunday and Wednesday of next week.  There's almost always about a 10-20% chance of a rogue PM thundershower during the warm season, but rain chances are almost not worth mentioning until the last part of the week.

All eyes of the cricketing world are focused on Dharamsala between Saturday and Wednesday, as India and Australia compete in the final test match of a contentious series.  Seems like the weather should cooperate nicely...