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Sunday, April 9, 2017

great-looking week ahead... (pm.09.apr.17)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 52.0F (11.1C)
High temp: 67.1F (19.5C)
Rainfall: none

Our Sunday is ending just as it began, with totally clear skies.  In between, from mid-day into the late afternoon, there was a bit of cumulus development along the Dhauladhars, but not enough to overshadow our brilliant April sunshine.  Although my high temp was just barely warmer than it was yesterday, keeping us about 5ºF/2-3ºC below normal for this time of year, we'd have to call it a very pleasant day.

Things are looking very quiet for most of this week, as a stable west-northwesterly flow aloft dominates the weather pattern, and a building ridge of high pressure to our southwest begins to exert more and more influence on us.  As I've said, our warming trend has been slow thus far, but we can expect to see temperatures jumping upward more aggressively by Tuesday, with a good chance that we will surge above normal/average by the latter half of the week.  There is a weak ripple of a disturbance scheduled to move across Himalayan north India Thursday night through Friday night, but nothing more than some isolated to widely scattered brief thundershowers are expected at this point.

Extended range models are showing a very impressive HUGE bubble of high pressure to develop all across the Indian subcontinent by about one week from now -- which could hang on for at least another week thereafter.  If this holds true, then we will get our first taste of some genuine summertime weather, with temperatures rising into a range that will feel more like mid- to late May than mid- to late April.  Let's see...