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Thursday, March 24, 2016

pushing 70ºF... (pm.24.mar.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 59.4F (15.2C)
High temp: 69.4F (20.8C)
Rainfall: none

A solid layer of high clouds blankets us this evening just before sunset, at the end of another day of mainly high clouds alternating with periods of sunshine.  The best shot of sun occurred during the mid-day hours, and that's when my high temp got very close to 70ºF (21ºC), though we dropped off a couple of degrees with thicker cloud cover after about 2:00pm.  All in all it's been a pleasant day for enjoying Holi festivities.

A massive ridge of high pressure continues to pump itself up across western into northwestern India, but there also continues to be a lot of high cloud development in the warming zone and rapid southwesterly flow up and over the top of that ridge.  We've found ourselves in line to receive plenty of those high clouds since late morning yesterday, so although our temps have kept climbing day-by-day, we haven't really realized the full potential of this balmy air mass.  Tomorrow (Fri) we will be under the same influences, so a few hours of sun in the midst of the clouds will boost our temperatures considerably.  Let's see if we can finally make it past the 70ºF mark for the first time this season.

The weekend storm system is now looking faster and possibly weaker than it was earlier this week.  It now seems like we could have some rain showers and possibly thunder as early as Saturday morning, with a smaller chance of significant rainfall on Easter Sunday.  That scenario could change, however, so stay tuned as we keep our eye on the evolution.  Further ahead... seasonably mild/pleasant weather is on tap for much of next week.

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