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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weather Discussion for Wednesday July 23, 2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 21-July 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 100/660, Chico 97/61, Quincy 91/45, Chester 88/47, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 89/57, Weaverville 96/50, Mt. Shasta 88/51, Yreka 93/54,  Alturas 91/46. 
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The low pressure area is moving across the Pacific Northwest this morning.   The southern end of this system is bringing a few clouds to the far north end of the state and there could be a few showers today near the Oregon border.  The rest of the north state will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures a little warmer.  Light to moderate southwest to northwest winds will occur this afternoon.

Tomorrow the high pressure area begins to move back over the western U.S and by the weekend we will once again have a strong high pressure area sitting over the western U.S. and it should hold there through next week. (see map below).   The inland areas of the north state will be sunny with temperatures warming to 8 to 12 degrees above normal by the weekend.  It looks like we could see some sub tropical moisture move northward by Sunday with a chance of mountain thunderstorms Sunday and Monday afternoons.   Gusty north winds will occur Thursday and Friday.
  
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 94 to 99.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the late afternoon. 

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 75.  Light north wind.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 97 to 102.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78.  Light north wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 67 to 75.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny.  Max temps 102 to 107.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 68 to 75. Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 104 to 109.  Light wind. 

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78  Light wind. 

Monday:  Sunny with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 103 to 108.  Light wind. 

Monday Night:  Clear.   Min temps 67 to 77.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 102 to 107.  Light wind.

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 67 to 75.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weather Discussion for Tuesday July 22, 2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 21-July 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 100/660, Chico 97/61, Quincy 91/45, Chester 88/47, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 89/57, Weaverville 96/50, Mt. Shasta 88/51, Yreka 93/54,  Alturas 91/46. 
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The low pressure area continues to move slowly toward the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  The surprise this morning is the last surge of moisture moving northward from what was the low pressure area off shore. (see satellite picture below)  This batch of clouds is now over the Bay Area and is more unstable than expected.  Thunderstorms are currently occurring with this cloud mass.  The clouds are moving rapidly northeastward and will be over Modoc county by afternoon.  But as they move northward they could bring a surprise brief shower or thunderstorm to the valley between Chico and Sacramento this morning.   There will be a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms today over Trinity, Siskiyou, northern and eastern Shasta, Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas counties until late this afternoon. These areas will be partly cloudy to partly sunny.  The valley will be sunny after the clouds pass through this morning.   Temperatures today will continue below normal.   Gusty south to southwest winds will occur this afternoon.

Wednesday the low pressure area will be still be moving slowly eastward across the Pacific Northwest.  There will still be a few clouds near the Oregon border but the rest of the north state will be mostly sunny.  Temperatures will be a little warmer but still below normal.  Gusty southwest to northwest winds will occur in the afternoon.

Thursday the high pressure moves back over the western U.S. and it should remain there for the next week. (see map below)  The inland areas of Northern California will be sunny with temperatures back above normal by Friday and the weekend.  Gusty north winds will occur Thursday and Friday.
  
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff

Today:  A few clouds this morning then sunny in the afternoon.  Max temps 90 to 95.  Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. 

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 63 to 70.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 94 to 99.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the late afternoon. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 75.  Light north wind.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 97 to 102.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78.  Light north wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 67 to 75.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 68 to 75. Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 103 to 108.  Light wind. 

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78  Light wind. 

Monday:  Sunny.  Max temps 102 to 107.  Light wind. 

Monday Night:  Clear.   Min temps 67 to 77.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Weather Discussion for Monday July 21,2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 21-July 27 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 100/660, Chico 97/61, Quincy 91/45, Chester 88/47, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 89/57, Weaverville 96/50, Mt. Shasta 88/51, Yreka 93/54,  Alturas 91/46. 
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A low pressure trough and frontal system is moving into western Canada.  This has forced the high pressure area to the east.  The weak upper level low off the Southern California coast is interacting with the low to the north.  This morning's satellite picture (below) shows a cloud band to our north from the Canadian system and a cloud band across Central and Northern California from the system to the south.   These two systems collide over Northern California today and early Tuesday  The result will be partly cloudy skies today and early Tuesday with scattered showers and thunderstorms.   The activity will be mainly over the foothills and mountains but there could be isolated thunderstorms in the valley this afternoon and evening.  Most of the north state will see decreasing clouds by Tuesday afternoon but there will still be isolated thunderstorms over Trinity, Siskiyou, and Modoc counties until evening.  Temperatures today and Tuesday will be 8 to 12 degrees below normal..

High pressure will begin to move back over the area by midweek and this will bring a return of sunny skies with temperatures back above normal by the end of the week. (see map below).  The high will hold over the area at least through the weekend.
  
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff

Today:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm.  Max temps 90 to 95.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy with the chance of an evening thunderstorm.  Min temps 61 to 68.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy with decreasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 90 to 95.  Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 63 to 70.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 94 to 99.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the late afternoon. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 75.  Light north wind.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 97 to 102.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78.  Light north wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 67 to 75.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 68 to 75. Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 103 to 108.  Light wind. 

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weather Discussion for Sunday July 20, 2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 14-July 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 99/67, Chico 97/61, Quincy 90/44, Chester 85/46, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 88/57, Weaverville 95/50, Mt. Shasta 85/51, Yreka 92/53,  Alturas 90/45. 
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Things are changing but a little slower than forecast yesterday.  The high pressure area is moving eastward as a low pressure area in the Gulf of Alaska moves toward the Canadian coast.   The weak low pressure area that has been out to our west is "opening up" and being pulled northward toward the low pressure area in the Gulf of Alaska.   A portion of this low is now over central and southern California and is moving northward.  

Over the next 2 to 3 days the high will continue to shift east.   The low will move into western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.   The low off our coast will continue to be slowly pulled northward toward the stronger low pressure area over the Pacific Northwest.  Throw in all the sub tropical moisture over Northern California and you end up with clouds...a few showers and thunderstorms.

This morning's satellite picture (below) shows the first batch of clouds moving north.   Today the north state will see increasing clouds with showers and thunderstorms this afternoon over the higher elevations.  Tonight and Monday will be partly cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms.   Once again the activity will be mainly over the foothills and mountains but there is a chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the north end of the valley.  Tuesday the moisture will begin to move eastward and the threat of showers and thunderstorms and thunderstorms will be over Trinity, Siskiyou, and Modoc counties.  Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will be 6 to 12 degrees below normal.  Gusty south to southwest winds will occur this afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday the low over the Pacific Northwest will be moving eastward and the high pressure area will be moving back over the western U.S. (see map below)  The north state will be mostly sunny with temperatures back above normal by the end of the week.
  
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff

Today: Increasing clouds.  Max temps 95 to 99.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon

Tonight:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 69 to 75.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm.  Max temps 87 to 92.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy with the chance of an evening thunderstorm.  Min temps 61 to 68.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy with decreasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 90 to 95.  Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 63 to 70.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 94 to 99.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph in the late afternoon. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 75.  Light north wind.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 97 to 102.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78.  Light north wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 67 to 75.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 68 to 75. Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weather Discussion for Saturday July 19, 2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 14-July 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 99/67, Chico 97/61, Quincy 90/44, Chester 85/46, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 88/57, Weaverville 95/50, Mt. Shasta 85/51, Yreka 92/53,  Alturas 90/45. 
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Today will be a repeat of yesterday until this evening when things begin to change.  Cumulus clouds will form over the higher elevations and there will be isolated thunderstorms over Modoc, Lassen, eastern Plumas and eastern Nevada counties this afternoon.

We have had this sub tropical type airmass over us for several days and have never had the lift or instability to get anything other than isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms and most of those have been along the Sierra Cascade crest.  The high pressure area to our east is shifting slowly eastward as low pressure areas move into western Canada.   The weak low pressure off the coast has also moved east and closer to the coast.  A portion of this low will move northward this evening and interact with the next surge of moisture, which is currently over Southern California. (see satellite picture below).  The north state will see increasing clouds tonight with a chance of showers and possible thunderstorms.

Sunday through Monday afternoon the high will continue to move eastward as a stronger low pressure area pushes into western Canada.   The off shore low will continue to send impulses northward across our area.  Sunday and most of Monday the north state will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms over the foothills and mountains with a slight chance of one moving across the valley.  Temperatures will cool and by Monday will be 8 to 12 degrees below normal.

Tuesday and Wednesday a stronger low pressure area will push into Canada and the Pacific Northwest (see map below).  This will turn the flow aloft to the southwest which will finally push this moist airmass to the east.  The north state will be mostly sunny with a few clouds near the Oregon border.   Temperatures will be warming slowly and should be back to near normal by Wednesday.

Thursday through the weekend the high pressure ridge will move back over the west and we will see a return of above normal temperatures.  
  
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff

Today:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 94 to 99. South wind 10 to 18 mph.

Tonight:  Increasing clouds with the chance of a light shower or thunderstorm after midnight.  Min temps 66 to 74.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm.  Max temps 86 to 91.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm.  Min temps 69 to 75.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm.  Max temps 85 to 90.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  Clearing.  Min temps 61 to 68.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 91 to 96.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 63 to 70.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 95 to 100.  North wind 10 to 20 mph in the late afternoon. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 75.  Light north wind.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 100 to 105.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78.  Light north wind. 

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 16 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 67 to 75.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Weather Discussion for Friday July 18, 2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 14-July 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 99/67, Chico 97/61, Quincy 90/44, Chester 85/46, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 88/57, Weaverville 95/50, Mt. Shasta 85/51, Yreka 92/53,  Alturas 90/45. 
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Ref the question from yesterday's comments.   We normally see this type of pattern several times during the summer once the southwest monsoon starts.  The current pattern is lasting a little longer than usual but hasn't had as much instability and thunderstorms as we normally see with these moisture surges.

The high pressure area is going to start to move slowly eastward as a low pressure trough moves into western Canada.  Normally this would take the sub tropical air with it.  However,  the weak upper level low pressure area out to our west. (see satellite picture below), will move closer to the coast, late Saturday and Sunday.  This will hold the moist airmass over the north state and provide instability and lift to continue the threat of afternoon and evening thunderstorms over the higher elevations through Monday.

Today and Saturday cumulus clouds will form over the higher elevations with afternoon and evening thunderstorms possible over Trinity, Siskiyou, northern and eastern Shasta, Modoc, eastern Plumas,and eastern Nevada counties.  The rest of the north state will be sunny with a few afternoon clouds.  Temperatures today and Saturday will be normal to 5 degrees below normal.   Moderate south to southwest winds will occur in the afternoon.

Sunday and Monday the north state will be partly sunny to partly cloudy with afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the areas mentioned above, with a slight chance of a thunderstorm in the north end of the valley on Sunday.  Temperatures will be 2 to 7 degrees below normal.   South to southwest winds with gusts to 25 mph will occur in the afternoons over the higher elevations.

Tuesday the large high pressure area will begin to slowly move back to the west.   Tuesday through the end of the week will be see mostly sunny skies with temperatures warming to 4 to 8 degrees above normal by Friday.  
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff

Today:   Sunny and smoky with some afternoon clouds.  Max temps 94 to 99.  South wind 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. 

Tonight:  Clear..  Min temps 63 to 71.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 94 to 99. South wind 10 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 66 to 74.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm.  Max temps 92 to 96.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon

Sunday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 69 to 75.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 94 to 98.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 72.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 95 to 100.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 64 to 72.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 100 to 105.  North wind 10 to 20 mph. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 75.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 101 to 106.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 78.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weather Discussion for Thursday July 17, 2014


Normal high and low temperatures for this week July 14-July 20 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 99/67, Chico 97/61, Quincy 90/44, Chester 85/46, Susanville 90/52, Grass Valley 88/57, Weaverville 95/50, Mt. Shasta 85/51, Yreka 92/53,  Alturas 90/45. 
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The large high pressure area is still in place and continues to pump monsoonal or sub tropical moisture northward into Northern California.  Today through Saturday the north state will be partly cloudy.   There will be light showers and a few thunderstorms mostly over the foothills and mountains.  The thunderstorms could have moderate to heavy precipitation.  Showers and thunderstorms are possible in the north valley today.  The sub tropical moisture is keeping the humidity readings above normal...but the clouds will help keep the temperatures slightly below normal.

Sunday and Monday the high pressure area will shift eastward as a low pressure trough moves into western Canada. (see map below).   There will still be a threat of thunderstorms but they will be over the higher elevations north and east of the valley.  The rest of the north state will be partly to mostly sunny.  Temperatures during this time will be a few degrees below normal  and there will be gusty south to southwest winds winds in the afternoon.

Tuesday the high will begin to pull back to the west.  This will bring a return of sunny skies and temperatures warming back above normal.

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

Today:  Partly cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm.  Max temps 93 to 98.   South wind 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.   Min temps 66 to 74.  Light wind. 

Friday:  Partly sunny to partly cloudy.  Max temps 94 to 99.  Light wind. 

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 63 to 71.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 96 to 100. South wind 10 to 18 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 74.  Light wind. 

Sunday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 95 to 99.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 69 to 75.  Light wind. 

Monday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 96 to 100.  South wind 12 to 22 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 72.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 97 to 101.  Light wind. 

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 64 to 72.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 100 to 105.  Light wind. 

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 66 to 72.  Light wind.

The Old Forecaster

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