What's the weather where you are?????

To help people find out what the current weather is around the northstate, I would like to encourage you to use the comments section of this blog to post what's happening in you area. How deep is the snow, how much rain, strong winds, lightning, and any other significant weather features.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weather Discussion for Thursday October 23, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 21-Oct 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 74/48, Chico 76/45, Quincy 68/31, Chester 63/30, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 69/40, Weaverville 70/33, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 65/33, Alturas 64/26. 
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We are still seeing the battle between storms moving across the Pacific and the high pressure area to our east.  This morning's satellite picture (below) shows a series of frontal systems moving across the Pacific with one over Northern California...it also shows high pressure to our east and south.  The storm will move slowly across Northern California today and tonight.  It will bring light to moderate precipitation to the coastal and northern mountains and the north end of the valley.  However, the valley south of Chico, the Sierras from Plumas county southward and the Bay area will only see a few light showers.  Snow levels will be above 6000 feet.  Light to moderate south winds will occur today.

Friday we will be between systems.  The coast, Trinity and Siskiyou counties will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light showers.   The rest of the north state will be partly to mostly sunny with near normal temperatures and light winds.

Late Friday the next storm system approaches coast and will move across the area late Friday and Saturday.  This will be a stronger and windier system and will bring light to moderate rain to all of the north state Saturday.   Snow levels will continue 6000 feet or higher.  Winds will gust to 35 to 40 mph in the valley and 50 to 60 mph over the higher elevations Saturday.

The precipitation will end Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon and Monday we will see partly to mostly sunny skies.   The map below shows another weak storm moving through the area Tuesday and Wednesday.  This system should bring rain to the north end of the state with a chance of showers from Redding southward.  

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Cloudy with  rain or showers.  Max temps 60 to 65.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.. 

Tonight:   Cloudy with scattered showers ending by midnight.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to partly sunny.  Max temps 68 to 73.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Increasing clouds with showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Saturday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 61 to 66.  Southwest wind 18 to 28 mph gusts 40 mph.
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Saturday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 47 to 52.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday:  Cloudy in the morning then clearing.   Max temps 65 to 70.  North wind 10 to 16 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 45 to 53.  Light wind.

Monday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 68 to 72.  Light wind.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 46 to 52.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with the chance of showers.  Max temps 65 to 70.  South wind 10 to 18 mph. 

Tuesday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly cloudy with the chance of morning showers.  Max temps 67 to 71.  Light wind.

Wednesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 46 to 53.  Light wind.
    
The Old Forecaster

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weather Discussion for Wednesday October 22, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 21-Oct 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 74/48, Chico 76/45, Quincy 68/31, Chester 63/30, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 69/40, Weaverville 70/33, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 65/33, Alturas 64/26. 
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This morning's satellite picture (below) finally looks like late fall and early winter, with a series of storms lined up across the Gulf of Alaska.  The first of these systems is now approaching the coast and will move slowly eastward during the day.  Rain will reach the coast this morning but it will be this evening before it reaches the valley and areas east of the valley.  Rain and showers will occur over all of Northern California Thursday.  Snow levels will stay above 6000 feet with gusty south winds this afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

The precipitation will end Thursday night and Friday we will be between systems.   Friday the coast and northern mountains will see a few clouds but the rest of the north state will be partly to mostly sunny.

The next system hits the coast Friday night and Saturday all of the north state will see rain and showers.  Snow levels will continue 6000 feet or higher.  Strong and gusty south winds will occur Friday night and Saturday.,

Sunday and early next week we will be under a weather pattern like the one shown below.   Weak high pressure will be along the coast with the jetstream to our north.  During this time the coastal and northern mountains will be partly cloudy to cloudy with the valley and areas to the east partly sunny to partly cloudy.  Temperatures will be normal or slightly below.

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 65 to 70.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with rain or showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 
   
Thursday:  Cloudy with  rain or showers.  Max temps 60 to 65.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.. 

Thursday Night:   Cloudy with scattered showers ending by midnight.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to partly sunny.  Max temps 67 to 72.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 52 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Saturday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 61 to 66.  Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 47 to 52.  Light wind.

Sunday:  Cloudy in the morning then clearing.   Max temps 65 to 70.  North wind 10 to 16 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 45 to 53.  Light wind.

Monday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 68 to 72.  Light wind.

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 46 to 52.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 67 to 71.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 47 to 54.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weather Discussion for Tuesday October 21, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 21-Oct 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 74/48, Chico 76/45, Quincy 68/31, Chester 63/30, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 69/40, Weaverville 70/33, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 65/33, Alturas 64/26. 
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Had a great view late yesterday of the thunderstorms that moved through the Redding area.  The system that brought rain and showers to the north state yesterday is moving east.   There are some isolated light showers over the higher elevations this morning but they will end in the next few hours.   Clouds will be decreasing during the day..

We are still between the low pressure area to our west and the high pressure area to the east.  This morning's satellite picture (below) shows a series of storms moving across the Pacific and also the large high to our east.  Wednesday the next front will reach the coast.   Once again this system will move very slowly eastward with rain on the coast in the morning but not making it into the valley and areas east of the valley until late afternoon and evening.  Thursday all of the north state will have rain and showers.   Friday there will be a brief break with partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a few mountain showers.   Then Friday night and Saturday a stronger low pressure trough and frontal system will push through the area (see map below).  This system will bring light to moderate rain to all of Northern California Friday night and Saturday.  Snow levels will be above 6000 feet through all these storms and each one will be preceded by gusty south winds.  Rainfall amounts for the period Wednesday through Saturday will be 1 to 2 inches in the coastal and northern mountains....75 to 1.25 in the Sierra Cascade range....the valley have .50 to 1 inch in the Redding areas with lighter amounts south.

There will still be a few lingering showers Sunday morning but the low will be moving eastward and skies will be clearing during the day.  Monday looks partly to mostly sunny.

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.    Max temps 68 to 73.  Southwest to northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Cloudy with rain or showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 
   
Thursday:  Cloudy with  rain or showers.  Max temps 64 to 68.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.. 

Thursday Night:   Cloudy with scattered showers.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy.  Max temps 67 to 72.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 52 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Saturday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 62 to 67.  Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 47 to 52.  Light wind.

Sunday:  Cloudy in the morning then clearing.   Max temps 65 to 70.  North wind 10 to 16 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 45 to 53.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 70 to 75.  Light wind.

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 46 to 52.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Weather Discussion for Monday October 20, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 21-Oct 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 74/48, Chico 76/45, Quincy 68/31, Chester 63/30, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 69/40, Weaverville 70/33, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 65/33, Alturas 64/26. 
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A low pressure trough and frontal system are now moving onto the coast.  Rain and showers will be spreading across the north state today with snow levels above 6000 feet.   Gusty south winds will precede this system.  The precipitation will end tonight and Tuesday and part of Wednesday will be partly cloudy to partly sunny with near normal temperatures.  Winds will be light Tuesday but will increase from the south Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday through Friday there will be a low pressure trough to our west and high pressure to our east with the jetstream running across the far north end of the state (see map below).    As mentioned above Tuesday and early Wednesday will be partly  cloudy to partly sunny.   Late Wednesday and Thursday a weak system will move across the north state with light rain or showers and then on Friday a stronger low pressure trough and frontal system will move though bringing light to moderate rain to the entire area.  Snow levels could briefly drop to 5500 feet at times but will mostly be above 6000 feet.   Gusty south to southwest winds will occur Thursday and Friday.

The precipitation will end Saturday morning.  Saturday afternoon and Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny.

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Cloudy with light rain or showers.  Max temps 64 to 69.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with showers ending by midnight.  Min temps 51 to 57.  South wind 6 to 14 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.    Max temps 68 to 73.  Southwest to northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Increasing clouds with light showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Cloudy with light rain or showers.  Max temps 64 to 68.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.. 

Thursday Night:   Cloudy with scattered showers.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Friday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 62 to 66.  South wind 12 to 22 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Becoming sunny by midday.  Max temps 67 to 72.  Southwest to northwest wind 8 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 52.  Light wind.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 70 to 75.  Light north wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 45 to 53.  Light wind.
    
The Old Forecaster

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weather Discussion for Sunday October 19, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 14-Oct 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 80/50, Chico 79/47, Quincy 71/32, Chester 67/31, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 72/43, Weaverville 74/35, Mt. Shasta 65/36, Yreka 69/36, Alturas 67/27. 
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Mostly sunny this morning with clouds increasing this afternoon as the low pressure trough and front off the coast (see satellite picture below) moves eastward.   Temperatures today will be about like yesterday and southerly winds will increase this afternoon.

Clouds will increase tonight as the system nears the coast.  Monday rain or showers will spread across the north state.  Heaviest rainfall will be on the coast and over the coastal mountains but all of the area should see at least light precipitation.  Snow levels will be above 6000 feet.  Gusty south winds will occur Monday afternoon.

The precipitation will  end by Tuesday morning.   Tuesday afternoon through the weekend we will be caught between a battle between two opposing forces...the low pressure trough in the Gulf of Alaska and the high pressure ridge just to our east (see map below).   This is a really hard weather pattern to forecast more than 48 hours in advance.   The jetstream is forecast to be fairly strong and just to our north.  If it shifts 200 miles to the north we will  see partly to  mostly sunny skies.   If it shits 200 miles to the south we will be cloudy with rain.  At this time I think it will be just to our north and Tuesday through Thursday the north state will be partly cloudy to cloudy near the Oregon border with scattered light showers.  The areas to t he south will be partly to mostly sunny with near normal temperatures.  Friday and Saturday the jetstream may sink a little further and this would spread the rain and showers over the rest of the north state.

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 84.  Light wind.

Tonight:  Increasing clouds.  Min temps 55 to 63.  Light wind.

Monday:  Cloudy with light rain or showers.  Max temps 64 to 69.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  South wind 6 to 14 mph.

Tuesday:  Decreasing clouds during the morning.    Max temps 68 to 73.  Southwest to northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy in the morning with decreasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 74 to 78.  Light wind.. 

Thursday Night:   Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Friday:  Increasing clouds with a chance or rain.  Max temps 67 to 71.  South wind 12 to 22 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 65 to 69.  South wind 8 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind.
    
The Old Forecaster

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weather Discussion for Saturday October 18, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 14-Oct 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 80/50, Chico 79/47, Quincy 71/32, Chester 67/31, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 72/43, Weaverville 74/35, Mt. Shasta 65/36, Yreka 69/36, Alturas 67/27. 
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The frontal system died rapidly as it moved inland yesterday.  It rained on the coast but the valley and areas to the east saw clouds just a isolated sprinkles.   There are a few clouds lingering over the state today but they will scatter out during the afternoon.  Sunday will mostly sunny with scattered clouds.  Temperatures will warming today and Sunday.

Monday another weak frontal system will reach the coast and weaken as it moves inland.  This system is slightly stronger and will bring at least light precipitation to all of the north state Monday.  Gusty south winds will precede this storm.   The precipitation will end Monday night and Tuesday will be partly sunny to partly cloudy with temperatures slightly below normal.

Wednesday and early Thursday we will have high pressure to our south with the jetstream to our north (see map below).   The areas near the Oregon border will be partly cloudy to cloudy and could see a light shower.  The areas from Redding southward will be sunny with a few clouds and normal temperatures.  

Friday the high pressure will push a little further northward and this will  bring partly to mostly sunny skies to all the north state with above normal temperatures.

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Decreasing clouds in the afternoon.   Max temps 75  to 79.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 48 to 55.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 78 to 83.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Increasing clouds.  Min temps 55 to 63.  Light wind.

Monday:  Cloudy with light rain or showers.  Max temps 64 to 69.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  South wind 6 to 14 mph.

Tuesday:  Decreasing clouds during the morning.    Max temps 68 to 73.  Southwest to northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy in the morning with decreasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 74 to 78.  Light wind.. 

Thursday Night:   Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 77 to 82.  Light wind. 

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Weather Discussion for Friday October 17, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Oct 14-Oct 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 80/50, Chico 79/47, Quincy 71/32, Chester 67/31, Susanville 67/35, Grass Valley 72/43, Weaverville 74/35, Mt. Shasta 65/36, Yreka 69/36, Alturas 67/27. 
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Ref the question from the comments....I look at several different long range or seasonal products.  The Climate Prediction Center site is a good one....click here    This following site is experimental and I look at weekly...click here

The frontal system is now moving onshore and is weakening rapidly.   Today Northern California will be cloudy to partly cloudy with rain along the coast and over the coastal and northern mountains.  The valley and areas east of the valley will see isolated light showers. Gusty south winds will occur this afternoon.  The precipitation will early Saturday and skies will be clearing during the morning.   Saturday afternoon and Sunday the north state will be partly to  mostly sunny with a few clouds.  Temperatures will rebound to normal or slightly above.  Winds will be light.

Monday the next system will reach the coast and move inland (see map below).  This will be a slightly stronger storm and all of the north state will see light rain or showers.   Snow levels will continue above 6000 feet and gusty south winds will occur Monday afternoon.  The precipitation will end early Tuesday and skies will become partly cloudy to partly sunny.

Wednesday and Thursday weak high pressure will be over central and southern California with the jetstream just to our north.   A frontal system will be moving into the Pacific Northwest with the southern end clipping the north end of the state.   The areas north of Redding will be cloudy with a few light showers and Redding southward will be partly cloudy to partly sunny.

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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:   Cloudy with the chance of a shower in the afternoon.   Max temps 68 to 72.  South wind 12 to 24 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with the chance of a shower.  Min temps 51 to 57.  South wind 8 to 18 mph.

Saturday:   Chance of a morning shower...decreasing clouds in the afternoon.   Max temps 75  to 79.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 48 to 55.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 78 to 83.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Increasing clouds.  Min temps 55 to 63.  Light wind.

Monday:  Cloudy with light rain or showers in the afternoon.  Max temps 64 to 69.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  South wind 6 to 14 mph.

Tuesday:  Cloudy with showers in the morning...clearing in the afternoon.  Max temps 68 to 73.  Southwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy in the morning with decreasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 74 to 78.  Light wind.. 

Thursday Night:   Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.
    
The Old Forecaster

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