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Thursday, January 14, 2016

january mediocrity... (pm.14.jan.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 43.2F (6.2C)
High temp: 48.6F (9.2C)
Precipitation: none

It's very hazy this evening after sunset, with a crescent moon visible through thin high clouds.  Sunshine was scarce today -- with the few fleeting glimpses happening early this morning, and then again for an hour or two around noon -- otherwise a mostly cloudy classification is the only way to go.  For that reason, temperatures were a bit cooler than expected, though it felt a lot cooler since basking in the sun was not really an option.

The center of circulation of this latest upper-level disturbance is just moving into northern Pakistan this evening, and has been running several hours ahead of schedule.  There has been a massive shield of mainly mid- and high cloudiness covering most of the western Himalayas and north India today, but once again, very little precipitation.  This winter air mass remains exceptionally dry, with only a few relatively light rain/snow showers occurring in the higher elevations.  We'll still include the risk of a rogue light shower somewhere in our vicinity tonight into early Friday, but as I've been saying, I'll be surprised if there is enough to even register a measurement here in McLeod.

We can probably look forward to a greater percentage of sunshine tomorrow (Fri), and if we're fortunate, into Saturday and Sunday as well.  That will of course make it feel much more pleasant, even if our temps only warm up a couple of degrees at most.  The next disturbance should pass through here early next week, but we're still dealing with a major lack of moisture -- and that should prevent much precipitation development.  Same story.

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