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Saturday, April 30, 2016

warmest of month, season & year... (pm.30.apr.16)>

Saturday's stats:

Low temp: 64.2F (17.9C)
High temp: 83.8F (28.8C)
Rainfall: none

It's the last day of April, and it has been the warmest day of the month, the season, and the year.  It has also been the seventh consecutive day without so much as a single drop of rain, and the fifth day in a row of high temps above 80ºF (27.7C) at my location in the upper part of town.  Although it was hazy again today, I didn't even see one cloud until just after 3:00pm, and since then, there have only been a few small patches of mainly mid-level clouds.  A sunny and very warm day to end April 2016.

Yes, our atmosphere is very stable, and should remain that way for another 48 hours or so, as a dry air mass combines with a moderately strong ridge of high pressure over northwestern India.  That should allow our temps to continue warming up... we'll welcome May with highs several degrees above normal, and even overnight lows will be much milder than we would normally expect this time of year.  Sunshine should continue to dominate as well.

We're still keeping our eye on a changing pattern starting around Tuesday, with increasing instability and humidity levels on the rise.  That combo will bring us a better chance of some scattered shower and thunderstorm activity -- especially between Tuesday evening and Thursday evening.  If we do get some rain, it will serve to settle the dust a bit -- a good thing -- and also set temps on a course downward, perhaps closer to normal for the first week of May.

Climatological norms/averages for our area can be found on tabs above, along with the APRIL DAILY STATS and THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK.