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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weather Discussion for Saturday November 22, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 18-Nov 25 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/39, Quincy 52/28, Chester 48/25, Susanville 49/27, Grass Valley 57/35, Weaverville 55/31, Mt. Shasta 48/29, Yreka 51/29, Alturas 49/22. 
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The low pressure trough is moving across Northern California and will be east of our area tonight.   Today the north state will be cloudy with showers.  Gusty south to west winds will continue across the area.  Snow levels will be 6000 feet.  The showers will end this evening and the clouds will begin to decrease.

Sunday high pressure will begin to build or push northward along the west coast.  This will push the jetstream or storm track to our north.  Sunday will be partly sunny to partly cloudy.  Monday through Wednesday the north state will be mostly sunny with a few clouds at times from storms moving by to our north.  Temperatures will be above normal and winds will be light.

Thursday the high pressure ridge will begin weaken as the jetstream splits and a low pressure trough begins to break through it (see map below).  This system should bring clouds and rain to our area Friday.

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

Today:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 58.  South west to west wind 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 44.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy in the morning...sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 62 to 67.  North wind 8 to 18 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear with fog forming.  Min temps 35 to 43.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 64 to 68.  Light wind

Monday Night:  Foggy.  Min temps 36 to 42.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 69 to 73.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 35 to 42.  Light wind. 

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 66 to 71.  Light wind. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 37 to 45.   Light wind. 

Thursday:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 62 to 66.  South wind 7 to 14 mph.

Thursday Night:  Cloudy.  Min temps 42 to 48.  South wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Friday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 50 to 55.  South wind 12 to 24 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain turning to showers.  Min temps 44 to 49.  Light wind.
    
The Old Forecaster  

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Weather Discussion for Friday November 21, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 18-Nov 25 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/39, Quincy 52/28, Chester 48/25, Susanville 49/27, Grass Valley 57/35, Weaverville 55/31, Mt. Shasta 48/29, Yreka 51/29, Alturas 49/22. 
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A low pressure trough and frontal system is moving onto the coast and will spread rain across Northern California latter today and tonight.   South winds will increase over the area today and snow levels will be 6000 feet or higher.  The precipitation will turn to showers Saturday and will end by evening.

Sunday high pressure begins to push northward over California and will hold there through midweek (see map below).  Sunday we will have partly cloudy to partly sunny skies and Monday through Wednesday will be mostly sunny except for night and morning valley fog.  Temperatures will warm to above normal and winds will be light.

Thursday we will see a few clouds from a low pressure area off the coast and temperatures will cool a little.  This system will be moving northeastward so it probably won't bring any precipitation to the north state.

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

Today:  Cloudy with rain by afternoon.  Max temps 52 to 57.  South wind 14 to 26 mph. 

Tonight:  Cloudy with rain.   Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind. '

Saturday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 44.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy in the morning...sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 62 to 67.  Light north wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear with fog forming.  Min temps 35 to 43.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 64 to 68.  Light wind

Monday Night:  Foggy.  Min temps 36 to 42.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 69 to 73.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 35 to 42.  Light wind. 

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 66 to 71.  Light wind. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 37 to 45.   Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy.  Max temps 62 to 66.  South wind 7 to 14 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 42 to 48.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster  

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weather Discussion for Thursday November 20, 2014

Click here for latest infrared satellite animation 

Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 18-Nov 25 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/39, Quincy 52/28, Chester 48/25, Susanville 49/27, Grass Valley 57/35, Weaverville 55/31, Mt. Shasta 48/29, Yreka 51/29, Alturas 49/22. 
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A low pressure area is moving into Northern and Central California this morning.  Rain will spread over the area today with the snow level near 5000 feet.   The precipitation will turn to showers later today and end tonight.  Friday a stronger system will move into the north state.   Rain will spread across Northern California Friday with showers continuing until Saturday afternoon and evening.   Snow levels will be back to 6000 feet or higher and gusty south winds will occur Friday afternoon and evening.

Skies will be clearing Sunday as a high pressure ridge builds northward over California.  This will push the jetstream northward which will keep the storms north of our area. (see map below).  Monday through Wednesday the north state will be mostly sunny with night and morning valley fog.  Daytime temperatures will warm to 6 to 12 degrees above normal by Wednesday.  

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

Today:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 50 to 55.  South wind 8 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 43 to 50.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with rain by late morning.  Max temps 52 to 57.  South wind 14 to 26 mph. 

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.   Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind. '

Saturday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 10 to 22 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 44.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy in the morning...sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 62 to 67.  Light north wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear with fog forming.  Min temps 35 to 43.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 64 to 68.  Light wind

Monday Night:  Foggy.  Min temps 36 to 42.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 65 to 70.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 35 to 42.  Light wind. 

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 70 to 74.  Light wind. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 37 to 45.   Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster  

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weather Discussion for Wednesday November 19, 2014

Click here for latest infrared satellite animation 

Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 18-Nov 25 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/39, Quincy 52/28, Chester 48/25, Susanville 49/27, Grass Valley 57/35, Weaverville 55/31, Mt. Shasta 48/29, Yreka 51/29, Alturas 49/22. 
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 A weak low pressure trough is breaking through the west coast high pressure ridge and moving across Northern California.  (see satellite picture below).   This system will bring light rain and showers to all of the north state today.  Snow levels will continue high.   The showers will taper off this evening....however another weak low pressure system will move through our area Thursday with more light showers.

Friday the large scale weather pattern changes.  The west coast ridge weakens and the jetstream will run across the Pacific and into Northern California and southern Oregon.  This will allow a stronger low pressure trough and frontal system to move through the north state Friday and Saturday.   Rain will spread over the area Friday and continue Friday night and then turn to showers Saturday.  Gusty south to southwest winds will occur Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Sunday...unfortunately...the high pressure ridge will begin to rebuild along the coast. (see map below).  This will push the jetstream northward.  Sunday through early next week the jetstream will be just to our north.  We will have partly to mostly sunny skies with a few clouds at times from systems moving by to our north.  Temperatures will be normal or a few degrees above and winds will be light.

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

Today:  Cloudy with light showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy with a chance of  evening showers.  Min temps 47 to 53.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 53 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 43 to 50.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with light rain or showers in the afternoon.  Max temps 57 to 62.  South wind 14 to 26 mph. 

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.   Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind. '

Saturday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 10 to 22 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 44.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy in the morning...sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 62 to 67.  Light north wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 35 to 43.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 64 to 68.  Light wind

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 34 to 42.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 65 to 70.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 35 to 42.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster  

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weather Discussion for Tuesday November 18, 2014

Click here for latest infrared satellite animation 

Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 18-Nov 25 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/39, Quincy 52/28, Chester 48/25, Susanville 49/27, Grass Valley 57/35, Weaverville 55/31, Mt. Shasta 48/29, Yreka 51/29, Alturas 49/22. 
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 This morning's satellite picture (below) shows a low pressure area off the coast trying to break through the high pressure ridge.  This system will continue to weaken as it moves eastward.  Light rain will move onto the coast and coastal mountains tonight with scattered light showers across the rest of the north state Wednesday.  Snow levels will remain high.   Another weak storm system will move across Northern California Thursday.  This system will bring scattered light showers from about Sacramento northward.

The map below for Friday shows a change in the weather pattern.  The high pressure area weakens or splits apart and the southern branch of the jetstream becomes the main branch.  The jetstream will enter the west coast along the California/Oregon border and will push a frontal system across the north state Friday and Saturday.  Rain will spread over the area Friday and Friday night with showers on Saturday.  Gusty south winds will precede this system and snow levels will remain 6000 feet or higher.

Sunday will be partly cloudy as high pressure begins to build  or push northward over California.   This will push the jetstream further north and Monday we will see mostly sunny skies with normal  or slightly above temperatures. 

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

Today:  Cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 64.  South wind 12 to 18 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Cloudy with light showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy with a chance of  evening showers.  Min temps 47 to 53.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 53 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 43 to 50.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with light rain or showers in the afternoon.  Max temps 57 to 62.  South wind 8 to 18 mph. 

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.   Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind. '

Saturday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 10 to 22 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with evening showers.  Min temps 45 to 51.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy in the morning...sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Light north wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 35 to 43.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 65 to 70.  Light wind

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 34 to 42.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster  

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weather Discussion for Monday November 17, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 18-Nov 25 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/39, Quincy 52/28, Chester 48/25, Susanville 49/27, Grass Valley 57/35, Weaverville 55/31, Mt. Shasta 48/29, Yreka 51/29, Alturas 49/22. 
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Well last night's weather didn't work out like I thought.  I knew we had a colder airmass over the state and  I knew the north winds would dry the air out and lower the dew points.  However, I expected during the night that we would have some mid and high clouds over the north state and light north winds.  This would slow down the cooling and keep the air stirred up.  Well the flow of clouds through the weak southern branch of the jetstream quit and the winds went calm.  So this morning at my house on the west side of Redding we had light winds and at temperature in the low 40's...coldest morning so far this year.  Then I look at the Redding airport and it has calm winds and a temperature of 29.  First hard freeze of the year in some parts of the valley.

The high pressure ridge is still in place and what weak southern branch of the jetstream there was has temporarily quit.   Today will be sunny with slightly above normal temperatures and light winds.   Tonight the wind sheltered valleys will be cold with some areas in the north valley back at the freezing mark.

Tuesday the southern branch of the jetstream will reestablish itself and another weak low pressure area will be approaching the coast. Clouds will increase Tuesday with light rain or showers spreading over the north state late Tuesday and Wednesday.  Snow levels will be 6000 feet or higher.  Light to moderate south winds will precede this system.  Thursday another very weak system will bring clouds and scattered light showers to the area.

Friday we begin to see a change.  The high pressure ridge weakens and the southern branch of the jetstream becomes the dominate branch (see map below).  This will push a low pressure area and frontal system through Northern California Friday  and Saturday.   All of the north state will get at least light rain from this system with showers lingering over the mountains on Sunday.   Snow levels will continue 6000 feet or higher. 

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

Today:   Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 69.  Light wind.

Tonight:  A few high clouds.  Min temps 31 to 36 wind sheltered areas and 37 to 42 elsewhere.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  South wind 12 to 18 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Cloudy.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy with a chance of  evening showers.  Min temps 47 to 53.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 53 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 43 to 50.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with light rain or showers in the afternoon.  Max temps 57 to 62.  South wind 8 to 18 mph. 

Friday Night:  Cloudy with rain.   Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind. '

Saturday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 10 to 22 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with evening showers.  Min temps 45 to 51.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy in the morning...sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 65 to 70.  Light north wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 35 to 43.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster  

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weather Discussion for Sunday November 16, 2014

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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Nov 11-Nov 17 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 65/43, Chico 65/41, Quincy 54/29, Chester 50/27, Susanville 52/28, Grass Valley 59/37, Weaverville 56/33, Mt. Shasta 51/31, Yreka 54/30, Alturas 51/23. 
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The high pressure ridge is still in place.  The jetstream runs across the Pacific and then gets turned northward when it hits the ridge.  Once the jetstream crests the ridge it dumps very cold air into the central and eastern U.S. as it drops southward.  The satellite animation links above show this pattern very well.

The  main thing we need to watch is splitting of the jetstream just to our west.   This split tries to develop when the jetstream is forced to make a sharp northward turn.   This split is very weak and currently all we are seeing is clouds breaking through the ridge and over Northern California.

Tuesday through the weekend this will change as the southern branch becomes a little stronger. (see map below).  Late Tuesday and Wednesday a weak frontal system will move across the north state followed by another Thursday afternoon and Friday and another Saturday and Sunday.  These systems will bring light rain and showers to  the north state with the snow level 6000 feet or higher.

So the short version....partly cloudy to partly sunny today through midday Tuesday.  Then light rain or showers late Tuesday and Wednesday and late Thursday and early Friday....and then more light rain on the weekend.

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

Today:  Partly sunny to partly cloudy.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 12 to 24 mph.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 40 to 46.  Light north  wind. 

Monday:   Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 64 to 69.  Light wind.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 47 to 54,  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  South wind 12 to 18 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Cloudy.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Cloudy with showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy with a chance of showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 53 to 58.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Cloudy with light rain or showers.  Min temps 48 to 54.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with light rain or showers.  Max temps 57 to 62.  South wind 8 to 16 mph. 

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind. '

Saturday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 10 to 22 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with showers.  Min temps 45 to 51.  Light wind. 
    
The Old Forecaster  

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