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Friday, May 12, 2017

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Friday's stats:

Low temp: 66.7F (19.3C)
High temp: 85.1F (29.5C)
Rainfall: trace

Thundershowers have been trying desperately to get going all this afternoon and evening, but at least here in the immediate McLeod area, I've seen only a few random sprinkles of rain -- since about 5:10pm.  We started the day off with unlimited sunshine, but already clouds were sprouting over the mountains by shortly after 10:00am, and that mountain instability is what has kept the sky looking a bit threatening all through the PM hours.  Still, sunshine held the majority for us, with temps today back above normal for this stage of May.

The weather pattern all across the western Himalayan region is a fickle and changeable one, and will most likely stay that way for the foreseeable future.  We still have a weak ridge of summertime high pressure hanging on, but there are minor disturbances galore, drifting by in the upper-levels of the atmosphere -- along with a respectable amount of moisture in the air for this time of year.  That means our weather will continue to be full of variety, ups and downs, sun and clouds, periods of dryness and periods of showers.  This is one of those times when we can't count on total sunshine and a complete absence of rain, but neither will it be a total washout and/or outdoor-activity disaster.  In other words, just be prepared for sudden changes.

Most likely, our temps will be averaging above normal for mid-May during the next two or three days, but we could drop a bit below normal by the middle of next week.