Over the next several days the region will be seeing a mixture of clouds and sunshine, spotty rain and breezy conditions. There will be a series of showers that will occur each day as various fronts and minor waves of energy push overhead. Altogether these showers will be very beneficial to the growing season as they will soak the soils and spark new growth. The rain is going to be light for the most part, but will always be just around the corner.
The potential for us to hear any rumbles of thunder or see flashes of lightning are very small. The indicators for convective storms to develop or thunderstorms are all very low, so if we do get a robust rain event there may be gusty winds, but only a few strikes of lightning at best. In other words, a rainy pattern is in place for the near term.
The other meteorological note this week will be the mild conditions. Normal highs for this time of year are the middle 50s east of the foothills, and we will be in the upper 60s to low 70s until Saturday. If you want to get some of the musty winter air out of your homes, you can open your windows and let in a nice breeze. At night, with all the cloud cover expected, the mercury in the thermometer will only drop into the upper 40s to low 50s, so even the night air is mild.
The rain will persist into next week. The pattern is relatively unchanged as far as the near term forecasts are concerned. So keep the rain gear handy all week, and make sure to bring a towel with you if you take your dog to the park because it will be a muddy week.
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