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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

a run at summer... (pm.12.apr.17)>

Wednesday's stats:

Low temp: 60.4F (15.8C)
High temp: 77.7F (25.4C)
Rainfall: none

There were two days in late March (the 29th and the 31st) that were just slightly warmer, but today has been the third-warmest day of 2017, and the warmest of April thus far.  Our sky-rocketing temperatures the last couple of days have put as back above normal for the middle of April, after about a week of cooler-than-average temps.  Today was filled with glorious sunshine again, with another round of feeble cumulus cloud development along the immediate Dhauladhar range during the PM hours.

And the big news is that we are poised for this warming trend to continue -- all the way until about the middle of next week -- as a summertime pattern both at the surface and aloft takes hold across our part of the world.  Yes, temperatures have obviously been on the rise here in the lower levels of the atmosphere, but the real story is the major warming aloft, which will keep our atmosphere basically stable during the next week or so.  The exception to that will be a weak ripple of energy in the upper-atmosphere which is scheduled to pass by on Friday, perhaps stirring up a couple of isolated thundershowers somewhere around the area.  But significant rain chances are still looking quite small.

The latest data would indicate the kind of heat we normally don't see until about the second week of May arriving here on Monday or Tuesday.  Even overnight lows are going to be extremely mild, chasing away whatever chill in the air that might still be lingering...