As is common this time of year, we will bounce around a bit weather-wise this week. Tuesday should bring back mostly sunny skies with a warming trend through Wednesday, with 60s Tuesday climbing to near 70 on Wednesday ahead of the next cold front on Thursday. That front will bring back another round of snow to the mountains with a good chance of rain in the valley…and some snow could come down to near the valley floors because of the convective nature of that pattern. That unsettled pattern could also result in some isolated thunderstorms Thursday.

The good news for the weekend is a ridge of high pressure will build back in time for the weekend, with sunny skies and highs back into the 60s for Saturday and Sunday.

Wind power

Ron had a question about wind power: “What percentage of time will there be adequate wind to effectively supply windmills? I have read that a sustained wind of about 20 MPH is required to produce electricity from a windmill. When wind is low or absent – where will power come from?”

I will need to make one correction to Ron’s premise, and I’ll tackle that tomorrow.