Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mcleodganj - "a holding pattern... (pm.31.jan.13)"

Early morning low temp: 45.1F (7.3C)
Afternoon high temp: 55.9F (13.3C)
Rainfall: none

Just a few hours left of January 2013, and we're ending the month on a very quiet note.  There are a few clouds around shortly past sunset this evening, after another day of alternating sun and high cloudiness.  Temperatures remain a couple of degrees above normal for this time of year.

It's hard to keep track of all the weak upper-level disturbances passing through northern India recently -- but they are all virtually identical in their inability to stir up any precipitation.  Our air mass remains too dry for the development of any rain and/or snow, despite the occasional high clouds.  The back-and-forth between clouds and sun will continue for another two or three days, along with an outside shot at a raindrop or two, while temperatures stay on the plus side of seasonal averages.

By late Sunday, we'll be starting to feel the effects of a storm system which is going to dramatically change our weather conditions all the way into the middle of next week.  Rain chances will be on the increase, with the various computer models pointing to Monday through mid-day Wednesday for our best chances of picking up some moderate to heavy amounts of rain.  It still appears that snowfall will be confined to the higher elevations (mainly above 2300m/7500ft), but I wouldn't rule out a period of snow/sleet here in Mcleod as the center of the upper-level circulation passes through on Wednesday.  At any rate, a few days of wet and colder weather look very likely during the first week of the new month...

clear to partly cloudy.
low: 7C (45F)

sun, with increasing high clouds once again.  a mild start to february.
high: 13C (56F)

periods of mainly high clouds.
low: 8C (46F)

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