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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 43.5F (6.4C)
High temp: 58.8F (14.9C)
Precipitation: trace

Right at sunset, there's still a considerable amount of cloudiness clinging to the mountains, but it is mostly clear to the south and west.  We've had a fantastic turn-around today, with a good amount of sunshine and temperatures about 10F/5C warmer than yesterday.  There was just a trace of rainfall around midnight, but nothing else since then here in our immediate area.

We've had a marginally unstable air mass across the area today, but the only re-development of any shower activity was confined to the higher elevations to our north and east.  That has certainly been nice to see, since more than 10 inches (25cm) of rain during March up to this point is way over double the average amount for the entire month.  Add to that a February rainfall total which was also more than double the norm, and I think it's safe to say that we're all very rain-weary.

Our weather pattern during the next week or so isn't entirely uneventful, but it does look like we're going to switch into a mode that is less conducive to the development of major storm systems affecting north India.  There is a bothersome little disturbance expected to swing across the area on Friday -- and that could stir up some scattered shower or thundershower action -- otherwise we may have a period of quieter weather than we've been used to during the last several weeks.  Computer models are projecting a very significant warm-up this weekend, which still seems like it will take us up close to normal for the season, which will be our warmest of the year so far.  It's starting to look like 70F (21C) is not out of the question by Sunday or Monday!  Let's see if that truly pans out or not.

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