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Sunday, January 17, 2016

significant storms absent... (pm.17.jan.16)>

Sunday's stats:

Low temp: 45.2F (7.3C)
High temp: 51.9F (11.1C)
Precipitation: none

A waxing half moon is directly overhead at the moment -- with totally clear skies again this evening.  Trapped haze and smoggy air is visible down below us, but we are free and clear here in our winter paradise.  But it's been another day that has felt more like something around the first half of December, as opposed to the middle of January, with temperatures continuing to run a few degrees above normal.  There were a few cumulus clouds along the Dhauladhar range this afternoon, and of course the haziness down below, but here we had abundant sunshine.

A developing batch of energy and upper-level circulation is still scheduled to drop southeastward into northern India tomorrow (Mon), and then gradually shift to the east by Wednesday morning.  However, this current air mass is so dry that there is only a slight chance of some random light shower development somewhere around us between tomorrow evening and Tuesday evening.  It's dumbfounding that the only genuine storm system of any significance we've had this winter season was way back on the 10th-11th of December.  All other systems since then have failed to measure up to what we would normally expect by now.

Temperatures will drop a few degrees between tomorrow and Thursday morning, but will probably STILL be on the plus side of normal for the season.  Milder air will seep back in from the south-southwest by Thursday afternoon and last into the weekend.  Extended range models show an absolutely quiet pattern thereafter -- lasting all the way until perhaps the the last couple of days of the month.

I am on my way out of town and country tomorrow, so I'm sorry to say that the daily blogging and forecast updates will be coming to an end for a couple of months.  I've learned that it's impossible for me to stay on top of weather here in northern India when I am doing my thing back in the US, but I'll do my best to give a 'heads-up' if it looks like any kind of significant storm systems might be threatening.  Otherwise, the normal blogging routine should resume by the latter part of March.