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Friday, May 5, 2017

summer surging... (pm.05.may.17)>

Friday's stats:

Low temp: 61.9F (16.6C)
High temp: 80.1F (26.7C)
Rainfall: none

Today's high temp was the warmest in exactly two weeks -- Friday the 21st of April was the last time I recorded a daily maximum in excess of 80ºF (26.6C).  Although there was a quite a lot of mountain cloud development after about 11:00am, we still ended up with a majority of sunshine to boost those temps significantly above what we experienced on Wednesday and Thursday.

And we now stand on the brink of what looks to be an extended period of real summertime weather, as temperatures continue to rise into about the middle of next week.  But unlike back in April when we had an eight day stretch of very warm temperatures, this time it looks like our atmosphere will not be void of minor disturbances and pockets of moisture.  In fact, models are still showing an annoying slight risk of some shower/thunder development almost every single afternoon/evening, though in our local forecast, I've tried to trim that down only to include the days when the chance of a thundershower might be a bit above 20% or so.  We should have quite a bit of back-and-forth between sunshine and clouds over the course of the coming several days as well.

Looking even further ahead, the overall pattern is trending toward something a bit more tropical than we would normally expect during the month of May -- meaning higher humidity and that daily risk of a thundershower.