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Today's temperatures -- both low and high -- were by far the coldest of the season up til now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

4 x normal rainfall... (pm.24.may.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 53.2F (11.8C)
High temp: 69.4F (20.8C)
Rainfall: 2.71" (6.9cm) -- updated @ 8:15pm

The clouds are trying to break a bit to the north and west, otherwise it's still mostly cloudy this evening, with a few sprinkles and very light showers scattered around town.  We've had a few periods of mainly light rain showers, a bit of thunder, and some gusty winds at times today, but the vast majority of our mammoth rainfall total occurred between about 4:30 and 7:30am.  It rained extremely hard from 5:00 to 6:00am, and as I was lying there listening to it, it felt eerily similar to a mid-monsoon morning.  I've now measured about 9.50" (24cm) of rain for the month of May, which is more than FOUR TIMES the normal/average amount for the entire month -- with a week to go.  Also noteworthy is the fact that both our high and low temps were the second-coolest for this May.

There will still probably be some isolated or widely scattered showers and thundershowers somewhere in our vicinity overnight, with the risk of a thundershower or two on Wednesday as well, but the trend during the coming 24-36 hours will be toward a more stable atmosphere, overall, and I am hopeful that we'll see much more sunshine tomorrow (Wed), with temperatures starting to rebound rather quickly.  The computer model data shows an extremely dramatic warm-up by Friday and Saturday, but I think we have to be wary of that, considering the fact that there will be enough moisture in the air to generate afternoon cloudiness and at least a small chance of a thundershower on any given day... right through the weekend.

Further ahead, it's looking like a mixed bag of sunshine, clouds, moderate humidity levels, and a decent risk of a PM thundershower as we finish off the month.

THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK has all the forecast details, with other climate info also found on tabs at the top of the page.