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Monday, December 28, 2015

way warmer than normal... (pm.28.dec.15)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 51.2F (10.7C)
High temp: 58.0F (14.4C)
Precipitation: none

It's another gorgeous late December evening, with clear skies during this hour after sunset, and only a few wisps of thin cirrus clouds overhead.  Temperatures today were nearly identical to what we had yesterday, meaning, we are running well above normal for the season for the third day in a row.  With nearly full sunshine and mild temps, it's been another one of those winter days that's much finer than some of the cloudy, damp and colder weather we sometimes get well into the spring season.  It's another reason why the conventional 'low/high tourist season' mythology often baffles me.

Anyway... we should get more of this superb mid-winter weather as we close out 2015.  There are some very weak disturbances in the upper-level flow that will continue to threaten us with some spells of high cloudiness from time to time, but our air mass is very dry, and at our elevation, unusually mild for this time of year.  Some cooling aloft will gradually sink our way by the end of the week, and that will likely shave a few degrees off both our high and low temperatures.  BUT -- the chance of any kind of noteworthy precipitation remains very small.

The extended range computer model data has finally started to converge on some kind of consensus with regard to a potential storm system about one week from now.  That's still quite far away, but we will keep our eyes on a rain/snow event, along with plunging temperatures starting about Tuesday (5 Jan) of next week.

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