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Monday, April 27, 2015

Weather Discussion for Monday April 27, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 27-May 3 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 76/50, Chico 76/48, Quincy 68/34, Chester 63/31, Susanville 65/36, Grass Valley 67/41, Weaverville 70/36, Mt. Shasta 64/36, Yreka 67/36, Alturas 63/31. 
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High pressure still holding along the coast.  Today will be sunny and warmer with light north winds.

The high pressure ridge will weaken Tuesday as a low pressure trough and frontal system moves into the Pacific Northwest.  The southern end of this system will bring a few clouds to the north end of the state with a chance of isolated showers and possible thunderstorms over the areas north of Redding.

The low will be east of our area by Wednesday morning and high pressure will be rebuilding along and over the the west coast.   Wednesday through next weekend we will be under a weather pattern like the one shown below.  A flat high pressure ridge is over our area with the jetstream to our north.    During time the north state will be sunny with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal.   There will be periods of gusty north winds.

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

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 87 to 92.  North wind 8 to 15 mph. 

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 82 to 87.  South wind 8 to 18 mph in the afternoon. 

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 57.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny with some morning clouds.  Max temps 78 to 83.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 83 to 88.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 56 to 64.  Light north wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.   Max temps 88 to 92.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 59.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 85 to 90.  Light wind.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

Sunday: Sunny.  Max temps 86 to 91.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 60.  Light wind.

The Old Forecaster  

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weather Discussion for Sunday April 26, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 20-April 26 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 75/45, Quincy 66/33, Chester 59/30, Susanville 63/35, Grass Valley 64/41, Weaverville 69/36, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 66/36, Alturas 62/31. 
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Sunny and warmer today and Monday as high pressure builds along the west coast.  Some areas of the north valley will bump the 90 degree mark on Monday.   Light to moderate north winds will continue today.

Tuesday the high will weaken and Tuesday night and early Wednesday a low pressure trough and frontal system will move by to our north.  This system will bring a few clouds to the areas north of Redding with isolated light showers along the north coast and near the Oregon border.  Temperatures will cool but will still be above normal.

Thursday through next week high pressure will be along the coast with the jetstream to our north. (see map below).   The north state will be sunny with a few high clouds at times.  Temperatures will continue above normal with periods of gusty north winds.

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

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 80 to 85.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

Tonight:  Clear  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 87 to 92.  North wind 6 to 12 mph. 

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 82 to 87.  South wind 8 to 18 mph in the afternoon. 

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 57.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny with some morning clouds.  Max temps 78 to 83.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 81 to 86.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 59.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.   Max temps 85 to 89.  Light north wind.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 48 to 56.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 84 to 88.  Light wind.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

he Old Forecaster  

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weather Discussion for Saturday April 25, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 20-April 26 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 75/45, Quincy 66/33, Chester 59/30, Susanville 63/35, Grass Valley 64/41, Weaverville 69/36, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 66/36, Alturas 62/31. 
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Ref question in comments....A lot of the data a meteorologist deals with is statistical.  Conveying that into a written forecast can be hard.  Personally I think that the we should move away from percent chance of precipitation and come up with a better way to express the confidence.   30% chance of rain is the same as saying 70% chance of no rain.
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The frontal system moved rapidly through the area last night.  This morning there are still clouds and a few showers east of the valley but they will be ending during the morning.  High pressure is building along the coast and this will push drier air and clearing skies over the north state today.   Light to moderate north winds are expected this afternoon.

The high pressure will hold over the area through midday Tuesday.   Skies will be mostly clear with temperatures 12 to 18 degrees above normal.  Light to moderate north winds will continue through early Monday.

Tuesday afternoon and evening a low pressure trough and frontal system will move into the Pacific Northwest.  (see map below).   This system will bring a few clouds to the north end of the state with isolated light showers on the north coast and near the Oregon border.  Temperatures will cool to near or a little above normal.  Another weak system will brush the north end of the state late Wednesday and Thursday. with another on the weekend.  Overall the latter part of next week and the weekend look partly cloudy north and sunny south with temperatures a little above normal.

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

Today:  Sunny.   Max temps 72 to 77.  Wind becoming north 15 to 25 mph. 

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 60.  North wind 8 to 16 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 80 to 85.  North wind 12 go 22 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 87 to 92.  North wind 6 to 12 mph. 

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 82 to 87.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 57.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 78 to 83.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

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

Thursday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 72 to 77.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 49 to 56.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.   Max temps 74 to 78.  South wind 8 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 48 to 56.  Light wind. 

he Old Forecaster  

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Weather Discussion for Friday April 24, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 20-April 26 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 75/45, Quincy 66/33, Chester 59/30, Susanville 63/35, Grass Valley 64/41, Weaverville 69/36, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 66/36, Alturas 62/31. 
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Clouds are spreading over Northern California as a low pressure area and frontal system rapidly approaches the coast.  This system will spread rain and showers over the north state this afternoon and evening and will be out of the area Saturday morning...by sunrise Saturday the only showers will be over the areas east of the valley and by Saturday afternoon skies will partly to mostly sunny everywhere.   Gusty southwest to west winds will occur this afternoon with gusty north winds on Saturday.

Sunday through early Tuesday high pressure will be back along the coast and we see sunny skies with temperatures 12 to 18 degrees above normal.  Gusty north winds will continue in some areas through midday Monday.

Late Tuesday the high will weaken as a low pressure trough and frontal system moves inland to our north (see map below).   This system will bring a clouds to the north end of the state with isolated showers along the north coast and over the counties along the Oregon border.  Late Wednesday and Thursday another weak frontal system will brush the north end of the state.

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

Today:  Cloudy.   Max temps 69 to 74.  Southwest wind 12 to 22 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with showers.   Min temps 50 to 55.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Showers ending with clearing skies.   Max temps 70 to 75.  Wind becoming north 15 to 25 mph. 

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 60.  North wind 8 to 16 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 80 to 85.  North wind 12 go 22 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 87 to 92.  North wind 6 to 12 mph. 

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 82 to 87.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 57.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 78 to 83.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

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

Thursday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 72 to 77.  South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 49 to 56.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster  

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weather Discussion for Thursday April 23, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 20-April 26 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 75/45, Quincy 66/33, Chester 59/30, Susanville 63/35, Grass Valley 64/41, Weaverville 69/36, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 66/36, Alturas 62/31. 
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A low pressure area and frontal system are moving into the Pacific Northwest.   The southern end of this system will bring a few clouds to the north end of the state later today with scattered showers and possible thunderstorms over the areas north of Redding.  This afternoon showers and thunderstorms will once again form over the higher elevations east of the valley.

Friday a stronger low pressure area will move across Northern California.  This will be a fast moving system with clouds increasing during the day and then light rain or showers Friday evening and early Saturday with clearing skies Saturday afternoon.   Precipitation amounts will be light.  Gusty south winds will precede this system with gusty north winds after it passes.

Sunday through midday Tuesday high pressure will be along the coast. (see map below).  This will bring a return of sunny skies with much above normal temperatures.

The high will weaken late Tuesday.   Wednesday and Thursday a couple  of weak frontal systems will pass by to our north.  These will bring scattered clouds to the north end and state with cooler temperatures.  

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

Today:   Sunny with some afternoon cloudiness.   Max temps 77 to 82.  Light wind.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 56. Light wind. 

Friday:  Increasing clouds.   Max temps 69 to 74.  South wind 12 to 22 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with showers.   Min temps 50 to 55.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Showers in the morning...clearing in the afternoon.   Max temps 70 to 75.  Wind becoming north 15 to 25 mph. 

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 60.  North wind 8 to 16 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 80 to 85.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 87 to 92.  Light wind. 

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 51 to 59.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 82 to 87.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 52 to 57.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 78 to 83.  South wind 10 to 16 mph.

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

The Old Forecaster  

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weather Discussion for Wednesday April 22, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 20-April 26 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 75/45, Quincy 66/33, Chester 59/30, Susanville 63/35, Grass Valley 64/41, Weaverville 69/36, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 66/36, Alturas 62/31. 
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We continue to be in a spring time weather pattern....generally weak systems but enough instability and heating for afternoon convection over the mountains.   Today there will be isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms from Mt. Lassen southward in the Sierras and over Trinity and northern Mendocino county on the westside.  Temperatures will be a little cooler.

Thursday through midday Saturday things do get a little more interesting.   Low pressure areas and frontal systems will be moving across the Gulf of Alaska and into the Pacific Northwest with the southern end brushing the north end of the state.   Thursday the north state will partly cloudy to partly sunny with isolated afternoon and evening showers over the higher elevations north and east of the valley.    Late Friday and early Saturday a slightly stronger system moves through (see map below).   This system will bring clouds to the north state with light rain or showers over the foothills, mountains, and north end of the valley, Friday evening through Saturday morning.   Temperatures will cool to below normal by Friday.   Gusty south winds are expected late Friday with gusty north winds by Friday afternoon.

Skies will clear late Saturday and high pressure will be along the coast Sunday through early Tuesday.  

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

Today:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 80 to 85.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

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

Thursday:  Sunny with some afternoon cloudiness.   Max temps 73 to 78.  Light wind.

Thursday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 56. Light wind. 

Friday:  Increasing clouds.   Max temps 69 to 74.  South wind 12 to 22 mph.

Friday Night:  Cloudy with showers.   Min temps 50 to 55.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Showers in the morning...clearing in the afternoon.   Max temps 70 to 75.  Wind becoming north 15 to 25 mph. 

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 55.  North wind 8 to 16 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 72 to 77.  Light wind.

Sunday Night:  Clear  Min temps 52 to 58.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 73 to 78.  Light wind. 

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 49 to 54.  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Increasing clouds.  Max temps 71 to 76.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 52 to 57.  Light wind.

The Old Forecaster  

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Weather Discussion for Tuesday April 21, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 20-April 26 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 73/48, Chico 75/45, Quincy 66/33, Chester 59/30, Susanville 63/35, Grass Valley 64/41, Weaverville 69/36, Mt. Shasta 60/35, Yreka 66/36, Alturas 62/31. 
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This morning's satellite picture (below)  shows the low pressure area over Southern California with another weak frontal system approaching the coast.  This frontal system is splitting apart, but will bring enough moisture and instability, to the north state today, for isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms over the foothills and mountains with a slight chance of thunderstorms over the north valley.  Temperatures will be cooler with light to moderate south winds in the afternoon.

Wednesday and Thursday the north state with be mostly sunny with some afternoon cumulus clouds over the mountains with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.   Temperatures will continue to cool,

Friday through Monday the jetstream will be entering the coast just to our north (see map below).   The southern end of frontal systems passing by to our north will bring a few clouds the north end of the state with partly to mostly sunny skies to the south.  There will continue to be a chance of isolated afternoon and evening showers over the northern mountains.   Temperatures will be slightly above normal.

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

Today:  Sunny with some afternoon cloudiness and a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms.  Max temps 79 to 84.  South wind 10 to 20 mph this afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy in the evening with a chance of showers.  Min temps 50 to 58.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 78 to 83.  Light wind.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 52 to 59.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny with some afternoon cloudiness.   Max temps 73 to 78.  Light wind.

Thursday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 56. Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 72 to 77.  Light wind.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 56.  Light wind.

Saturday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.   Max temps 70 to 75.  Light wind. 

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 55.  Light wind.

Sunday:  Partly sunny.  Max temps 68 to 73.  South wind 10 to 18 mph.

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

Monday:  Partly sunny to partly cloudy.  Max temps 68 to 73.  Light wind. 

Monday Night:  Scattered clouds,  Min temps 49 to 54.  Light wind.

The Old Forecaster  

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