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Monday, December 14, 2015

nothing too frightening... (pm.14.dec.15)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 41.7F (5.4C)
High temp: 50.5F (10.3C)
Rainfall: none

Apart from a bit of light haze, we have clear skies across our area early tonight, with a nice view of the waxing crescent moon visible in the southwest.  It was nice to get nearly full sunshine until just after 11:00am this morning, but then we saw the expected build-up of cloudiness over the mid-day hours, with a period of mostly cloudy skies between about 2:00 and 4:30pm.  Our temperatures during the last three days have been fairly steady -- as we continue to run a little cooler than normal for the season.  Humidity was slightly lower today, but we've yet to drop below 50% after the passage of our big storm late last week.

There are still no major storm systems showing up in the data or on the charts during the coming several days -- and perhaps for even longer than that.  The flow aloft at the jetstream level will remain quite brisk, with a few fast-moving weak disturbances expected to zip across northern India this week and next.  Our air mass has been trying to steadily dry out the last 24 hours, and that trend should continue during the next 48 hours or so, which means we may see less mid-day and PM cloud development tomorrow (Tues) and Wednesday.  However, one of those weak disturbances is scheduled to move through late Wednesday night into Thursday, and that could give us an increase in mid- and high cloudiness, and also bring at least a slight chance of a quick period or two of light rain showers.  Otherwise, the only excitement for us in the days ahead will be watching the fluctuations between winter sunshine and periods of haze and clouds at times.

I see no noticeable or extended periods of milder/warmer temperatures in our future... so 'what you see is what you get' as far as that's concerned.  There will be minor ups and downs, but in general we should be hanging close to normal, or maybe even slightly below, temp-wise, for mid-December.

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