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Monday, May 15, 2017

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Monday's stats:

Low temp: 65.8F (18.8C) -- updated @ 8:15pm
High temp: 86.9F (30.5C)
Rainfall: 0.06" (2mm) -- updated at 8:15pm

This Monday has unfolded pretty much according to plan, with full sunshine this morning yielding to increasing mountain cloudiness by the mid-day, and then isolated to widely scattered shower/thunder action in the area since mid-afternoon.  Before the clouds took over, temperatures were very warm, with my high temp in the upper part of town among the top three warmest of the season thus far.  As sunset approaches this evening we have mostly cloudy skies, rumbling thunder, and off-and-on showers of light rain near the main market of town.

A few significant disturbances in the upper-level flow will dominate our weather pattern for the rest of this week, and even into the first part of next week -- according to the latest model data.  That's going to keep us flirting with thundershower development in and around our area, in the midst of periods of strong May sunshine.  It looks like we could see an increase in the risk of showers/thunder during the overnight into the morning hours as well, as we head into the middle of the week.

Temperatures have remained on the plus-side of normal the last few days, but we'll probably fall a bit below normal by Wednesday or Thursday, with only a slight recovery expected over the coming weekend.  Here at the mid-point of May, our temperatures have so far averaged out slightly above normal, with precipitation slightly above normal as well...