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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weather Discussion for Tuesday April 22, 2014


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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 21-April 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 74/46, Quincy 66/34, Chester 60/30, Susanville 62/35, Grass Valley 63/40, Weaverville 69/35, Mt. Shasta 61/35, Yreka 65/35 Alturas 62/30.
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The low pressure trough and frontal system is now moving through Northern California.   The valley has already cleared, but there will be a few light showers over the northern and eastern mountains until early afternoon. Gusty northwest winds will occur behind this system.

The high pressure ridge has been pushed out of the way and now the jetstream is running across the Pacific and into Northern California.   We will see several low pressure troughs and frontal systems move through Northern California over the next several days.  However, these will be weak and fast moving systems with just light precipitation.  (see map below)

Wednesday the north coast coastal mountains and areas north of the valley will be partly cloudy to cloudy with scattered light showers.  The rest of the north state will be partly cloudy to partly sunny.

it is now looking like the next system will move a little faster and will spread rain over the north state Thursday with precipitation continuing through early afternoon Friday.  Snow levels will be 5000 to 6000 feet.  Thursday and early Friday winds will be southwest winds gusts 30 to 35 mph in the valley and 40 to  45 mph over the higher elevations.

Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon and evening there will be a break with partly sunny to partly cloudy skies.   The next storm system will move into the area Saturday evening with showers or periods of rain through Sunday afternoon.  Gusty south winds will precede this system and snow levels will be 6000 feet or higher.  Monday high pressure will begin to rebuild along the coast.

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

Today:  Mostly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 62 to 67.   Northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with scattered to broken clouds.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 42 to 49.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Increasing clouds with rain.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph.

Thursday Night:  Cloudy with showers.   Min  temps 49 to 54.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Cloudy with light rain or showers in the morning with decreasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 64 to 69.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 49 to 56.  South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday:  Increasing clouds with rain by afternoon.  Max temps 63 to 69.  Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 49 to 55.  South wind 5 to 15 mph

Sunday:  Cloudy with showers ending in the afternoon.  Max temps 61 to 66.  Southwest to northwest wind 1- to 20 mph.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 44 to 53.  Light north wind.

Monday:  Clearing.  Max temps 71 to 76.  North wind 12 to 22 mph with higher gusts.

Monday Night:   Clear.  Min temps 50 to 56.  Light north wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Weather Discussion for Monday April 21, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 21-April 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 74/46, Quincy 66/34, Chester 60/30, Susanville 62/35, Grass Valley 63/40, Weaverville 69/35, Mt. Shasta 61/35, Yreka 65/35 Alturas 62/30.
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The cold low pressure is now moving toward the coast.   This system will spread clouds across the area today with showers and possible thunderstorms this evening and early Tuesday.   Gusty south winds will precede this system this afternoon with gusty northwest winds Tuesday.  Colder air will move into the north state later tonight with snow levels down to 4000 to 5000 feet early Tuesday.   The showers will end by midday Tuesday as the low moves east  of our area.

Wednesday and most of Thursday party cloudy to cloudy skies will continue along the coast and across Trinity, Siskiyou, northern Shasta, Modoc and Lassen counties with isolated showers.  The rest of the north state will be partly sunny to partly cloudy.  Temperatures will warm to a few degrees below normal.

Late Thursday afternoon another low pressure trough will be approaching the coast.    Clouds and rain will spread over the area Thursday night.   Friday the low will be over Northern California (see map below) and all of the area will have showers and thunderstorms.   Snow levels will be near 5000 feet.  Strong southwest winds will precede this system Thursday and early Friday.  Gust

The showers will end early Saturday as the low moves east.  Clouds will be decreasing Saturday with clear skies late Saturday and Sunday.  Temperatures Sunday will warm back to near normal.

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

Today:  Increasing clouds with showers.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and possible thunderstorms.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and thunderstorms in the morning, clearing in the afternoon.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with scattered to broken clouds.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 42 to 49.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Partly cloudy.  Max temps 70 to 75.  Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph.

Thursday Night:  Increasing clouds with showers.   Min  temps 46 to 52.  Light wind. 

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

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 49 to 56.  South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday:  Partly cloudy with morning showers.  Max temps 63 to 69.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 74 to 78.  North wind 10  to 18 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 44 to 53.  Light north wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weather Discussion for Sunday April 20, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 14-April 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 70/47, Chico 73/44, Quincy 64/32, Chester 57/28, Susanville 62/34, Grass Valley 61/39, Weaverville 67/35, Mt. Shasta 59/34, Yreka 64/34 tand Alturas 60/30.
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Ref the question in yesterdays comments....the next couple of weeks look like we will see above normal precipitation....but normal is not much this time of year.   The big question for next winter will be the strength of the El Nino.   The stronger the El Nino the better the chance for a wet winter.
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Today high pressure is still holding along the coast and Northern California will see mostly sunny skies with a few high clouds.

The high pressure area is weakening as the low pressure trough and frontal system in the Gulf of Alaska pushes southeastward.  This system will move through Northern California late Monday and early Tuesday.   This system will bring showers to all of the north state with possible thunderstorms late Monday and early Tuesday.  There is not a lot of precipitation with this system but it will bring colder air into our area with snow levels 4000 to 5000 feet by Tuesday.  Gusty south to southwest winds will precede this system on Monday with gusty Northwest to north winds Tuesday.  The low will be east of the area by Tuesday afternoon and skies will be clearing.

Wednesday and Thursday the coast, Trinity, Siskiyou, northern Shasta Modoc and Lassen counties will be party cloudy with isolated light showers.  The rest of the north state will be partly sunny to partly cloudy with temperatures below normal.

Friday and Saturday a stronger low pressure trough will move into Northern California (see map below).  This system will bring rain and showers to all of the north state with snow levels 5000 to 6000 feet.  Gusty southwest winds will occur Friday  and early Saturday.   The low will be east of our area by Saturday afternoon and skies will be clearing.  

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

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 83.  Light wind.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 56.  Light wind.

Monday:  Increasing clouds with showers.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and possible thunderstorms.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and thunderstorms in the morning, clearing in the afternoon.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with scattered to broken clouds.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 42 to 49.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Partly cloudy.  Max temps 70 to 75.  Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph.

Thursday Night:  Increasing clouds.   Min  temps 42 to 50.  Light wind. 

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

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 49 to 56.  South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday:  Partly cloudy with morning showers.  Max temps 63 to 69.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

The Old Forecaster

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weather Discussion for Saturday April 19, 2014


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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 14-April 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 70/47, Chico 73/44, Quincy 64/32, Chester 57/28, Susanville 62/34, Grass Valley 61/39, Weaverville 67/35, Mt. Shasta 59/34, Yreka 64/34 tand Alturas 60/30.
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High pressure is still along the coast and this forcing low pressure troughs and frontal systems to  our north.   Today and Sunday  most of the north state will be sunny with a few high clouds.  The exception will be the north coast and counties along the Oregon Border, which will become partly cloudy this afternoon as a frontal system moves through Washington and Oregon.  Temperatures today and Sunday and will continue 5 to 10 degrees above normal.

A big change in our weather begins Monday when a cold low pressure trough drops southward from the Gulf of Alaska toward Northern California.  This system will move across our area Tuesday (see map below).   The low will bring scattered showers to Northern California Monday and Tuesday with thunderstorms possible Tuesday.  Colder air will move into the state and by Tuesday snow levels will be down to 4000 to 5000 feet. Precipitation amounts will be light.  Gusty southwest to northwest winds will occur Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

The showers will end over most areas by early Wednesday, with decreasing clouds during the day.  Thursday the north state will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures back to near normal.

Friday and Saturday a stronger....windier and wetter system will move into Northern California.  Light rain is  expected Friday with heavier rain and stronger winds Saturday.   It looks like this will be first of several storms with wet weather through the end of the month.  

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

Today:  Sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 77 to 81.  South wind 10 to 18 mph in the afternoon.

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

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 83.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 56.  Light wind.

Monday:  Increasing clouds with showers.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy with evening showers and thunderstorms.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday:  Some clouds in the morning then mostly sunny.  Max temps 61 to 66.  Northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 38 to 44.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Mostly sunny with scattered clouds.  Max temps 70 to 75.  North wind 7 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night:  Increasing clouds.   Min  temps 42 to 50.  Light wind. 

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

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 49 to 56.  South wind 10 to 15 mph.

The Old Forecaster

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Weather Discussion for Friday April 18, 2014

***COOLER AND WET NEXT WEEK***


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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 14-April 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 70/47, Chico 73/44, Quincy 64/32, Chester 57/28, Susanville 62/34, Grass Valley 61/39, Weaverville 67/35, Mt. Shasta 59/34, Yreka 64/34 and Alturas 60/30.
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The low pressure trough and frontal system moved through last night and is now east of our area.   A weak high pressure ridge is along the coast and will hold there through the weekend.  Today through Sunday the north state will have mostly sunny skies with a few high clouds.  Daytime temperatures will continue 5 to 10 degrees above normal.

Monday a cold low pressure trough from the Gulf of Alaska will be begin to move southeastward.   This system will be over the north state Tuesday (see map below) and then east of our area on Wednesday.  Clouds will begin to increase during the day Monday.   Monday through midday Wednesday Northern California will have periods of rain or showers with possible thunderstorms Tuesday.  Cold air will move into the area with snow levels down to 4000 to 5000 feet by Tuesday.   Gusty southwest to northwest winds will occur Monday afternoon and Tuesday with gusty north winds Wednesday.

Thursday there will a break between systems with partly sunny skies and near normal temperatures.   It now looks like another cold storm will move into Northern California Friday afternoon and continue through Saturday.

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

Today:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 75 to 80.  Wind north 10 to 18 mph.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 44 to 51.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 77 to 81.  South wind 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
SSaturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 48 to 55.   Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 83.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 56.  Light wind.

Monday:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy with evening showers and thunderstorms.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Max temps 61 to 66.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clearing.  Min temps 38 to 44.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Mostly sunny with scattered clouds.  Max temps 70 to 75.  North wind 7 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 42 to 50.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weather Discussion for Thursday April 17, 2014

***COLDER AND WET EARLY NEXT WEEK***


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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 14-April 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 70/47, Chico 73/44, Quincy 64/32, Chester 57/28, Susanville 62/34, Grass Valley 61/39, Weaverville 67/35, Mt. Shasta 59/34, Yreka 64/34 and Alturas 60/30.
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The high pressure ridge is still along the coast, but is slowly weakening.   This morning's satellite picture (below) shows a low pressure trough moving toward the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, while a weak upper level low pressure area is headed toward Southern California.  The system moving into the Pacific Northwest is a little stronger and will spread clouds over the area later today.   Late this afternoon and tonight there will be showers along the  north coast and across Trinity, northern Mendocino,  Siskiyou, northern Shasta and Modoc counties.   Lassen, Plumas and Nevada counties will have scattered light showers and possible thunderstorms.  It now looks like some of the showers may move off the coast range and toward the valley late this afternoon so the valley could see some thunderstorm activity late this afternoon and evening.    Gusty southwest to northwest will occur this afternoon.

Friday  the north state will be mostly sunny with a few high clouds.  Temperatures will continue above normal with light to moderate north winds.    Saturday and Sunday will partly to mostly sunny with some mid and high cloudiness.   Temperatures will cool a few degrees.

The big change begins Monday when a stronger cold low pressure area moves out of the Gulf of Alaska toward the west coast.  (see map below)  This system will move over the north state Monday and should linger there until early Wednesday.    We can expect showers and possible thunderstorms from Monday evening through Wednesday afternoon.   The low will bring a colder airmass into the state with snow levels near 4000 feet by Tuesday.   Gusty southwest winds will occur Monday and early Tuesday.

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

Today:  Sunny with increasing clouds in the afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms in the late afternoon.  Max temps 76 to 80.  Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Tonight:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 48 to 56.  Light south wind.

Friday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 75 to 80.  Wind becoming north 10 to 18 mph.

Friday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 47 to 56.  North wind 5 to 15 mph. 

Saturday:  Sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 74 to 78.  Light wind.

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

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 83.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 56.  Light wind.

Monday:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy with evening showers and thunderstorms.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Max temps 61 to 66.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clearing.  Min temps 38 to 44.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weather Discussion for Wednesday April 16, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 14-April 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 70/47, Chico 73/44, Quincy 64/32, Chester 57/28, Susanville 62/34, Grass Valley 61/39, Weaverville 67/35, Mt. Shasta 59/34, Yreka 64/34 and Alturas 60/30.
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High pressure continues along the west coast.    However, it will slowly weaken over the next several days as low pressure troughs and frontal systems ride over the top of it.   These systems will slowly erode the the high pressure area and push it southward.  This means that each system will be stronger than the previous.  Today we will be sunny with continued above normal temperatures with gusty north winds in the north valley.  Thursday afternoon and early Friday a low pressure trough and frontal system will push through the north state.  This system will bring partly cloudy skies to our areas with showers and possible thunderstorms on the north coast and across Siskiyou, northern Trinity, and Modoc counties with isolated showers and thunderstorms over Lassen and Plumas counties.

Friday through the weekend the north state will be mostly sunny with a few  mid and high clouds.   Temperatures will be 3 to 8 degrees above normal.

Monday a stronger low pressure trough moves toward the coast.  This system will push the high pressure area to the east and south and will move across Northern California late Monday and Tuesday.  Clouds will increase Monday with showers and possible thunderstorms late Monday and Tuesday.  Snow levels in the heavier showers Tuesday will be 4000 to 4500 feet.   Gusty south winds will occur Monday and early Tuesday.

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

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 78 to 83.  North wind 12 to 24 mph gust 30 mph.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 59.  Light north wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny with increasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 78 to 82.  Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light south wind.

Friday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 74 to 78.  Wind becoming north 10 to 18 mph.

Friday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 47 to 56.  North wind 5 to 15 mph. 

Saturday:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 83.  Light wind.

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

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 79 to 83.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 56.  Light wind.

Monday:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 70 to 75.  South wind 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.  Max temps 65 to 70.  Southwest to northwest wind 14 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy with evening showers and thunderstorms.  Min temps 43 to 48.  Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

The Old Forecaster

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