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Sunday, February 15, 2015

pleasant streak continues... (am.15.feb.15)>

We've got a few patches of thin cirrus clouds out there at sunrise this morning, otherwise it's looking nice.  My overnight low temp has been 48.7F (9.3C) -- which is the mildest I've recorded (by a hair) this year -- and there has been no precipitation.

We find ourselves in the midst of the most comfortable weather of 2015 thus far, thanks to a big ridge of high pressure anchored off to our southwest which has allowed a very mild air mass to nudge northward into Himachal Pradesh.  Apart from the threat of occasional cloudiness, today is looking good -- and if the sunshine can dominate into at least the mid-afternoon, we'll be flirting with the magical 60F (16C) mark once again.

A pattern shift will be underway by tomorrow, however, which will flatten that high pressure ridge and make way for a series of upper-level disturbances to track across northern India over the course of the comng week.  Shower chances will enter the picture as early as tomorrow (Mon) morning, with the risk of periods of rain and possibly some thunder off-and-on all the way through next Saturday.  According to the latest data, Tuesday night through Wednesday, and late Thursday through early Saturday seem to be the most likely times for significant precipitation in our area.  Temperatures will cool down in response to rain development, but at this point it doesn't look cold enough for snow in McLeod.  There will definitely be plenty of new snowfall in the mountins above town by the time next weekend arrives.

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