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Friday, March 6, 2015

still cool for HOLI... (am.06.mar.15)>

There are a few mainly high clouds out there early this morning, otherwise it's looking good -- HAPPY HOLI to one and all.  Last evening's drizzle and light rain showers intensified for a couple of hours into something more substantial -- I've measured 0.32" (8mm) since last report, for a total of 0.38" (1.0cm) since yesterday morning.  Most of that rain was over before midnight, with some fairly rapid clearing during the overnight hours.  My low temp here in the upper part of town was 39.7F (4.3C).

We're still in the midst of a very unstable and changeable weather pattern, which will keep us dealing with a variety of conditions over the course of the coming week or more.  Yesterday's disturbance has moved off to the east, leaving us with a period of more pleasant weather today into much of Saturday.  The air mass is trying desperately to warm up just a few degrees, and will be able to do so as long as we can keep at least several hours of sunshine around both today and tomorrow.  But even with a bit of warming, we remain ridiculously cooler than normal for this time of year.

The next significant storm system will be organizing to our west by tomorrow afternoon, then swinging across northern India on Sunday into Monday.  Recent sets of computer model data don't have it looking as ominous as it seemed it might be earlier... but we're probably still in line for some moderate to occasionally heavy rainfall between Saturday night and Monday morning.  Fortunately, a rather dramatic improvement, including a more significant warm-up, may be waiting for us by Tuesday, then into the middle of next week.

THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK on the tab above is where to find forecast details.