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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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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weather Discussion for Tuesday April 15, 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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A weak Low pressure trough is passing through the north end of the state with a few high clouds.  The rest of our area will another sunny day with temperatures about like yesterday.  North winds will increase today and continue through Wednesday with gusts to 30 mph in the north valley.

We will continue to be a pattern with high pressure along and over the coast with the jetstream or storm track just to our north.  (see map below).  Wednesday will be sunny with temperatures a little warmer.  Thursday afternoon and early Friday the next front or low pressure trough goes by to our north.  This system will be slightly stronger with a chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms over the counties along the Oregon border.  The rest of the north state will see partly sunny skies with a few mid and high clouds   Temperatures will cool a few degrees.

Friday afternoon through the weekend we will be  back to mostly sunny with a few high clouds and temperatures  6 to 12 degrees above normal.   The valley will see another round of gusty north winds Friday and Saturday. 

It looks like a stronger low pressure area will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms to the north state late Monday and Tuesday.


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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.  Northwest wind 12 to 22 mph with higher gusts.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 49 to 56.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.


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

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 54.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny with increasing clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 78 to 82.  South wind 10 to 18 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 14 to 24 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 8 to 16 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Min temps 51 to 57.  South wind 10 to 15 mph.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Weather Discussion for Monday April 14, 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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Another warm and sunny day as high pressure continues along the west coast.  Temperatures will be about like yesterday.  Late today the high pressure ridge will begin to weaken as the low pressure trough shown on this morning's satellite picture (below) moves into western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.  The southern end of this system will brush the north end of the state with a few clouds tonight and Tuesday.  Temperatures Tuesday will be a few degrees cooler.  Gusty north winds will  move into the north state Tuesday and continue into Wednesday.

This weather pattern will continue through next weekend (see map below).  Weak high pressure will be along the coast...but it will be strong enough to keep frontal systems or storms just to our north.  Wednesday will be sunny and the late Thursday and Friday another storm will go by to our north with a few clouds over the north end of the state.  Sunny Saturday and then another system will  pass by to our north late Sunday and Monday.  Daytime temperatures will continue 6 to 10 degrees above normal.  The north winds will end late Wednesday with light winds Thursday and Friday.  One thing to watch is that late Thursday and Friday another weak upper level low pressure area will move across Southern California.  This is shown on the map below.  We had one of these last week and it destabilized the atmosphere enough to allow isolated thunderstorms to form over the north end of the state.

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

Today:  Sunny with a few high clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 78 to 82.  South wind 12 to 18 mph.

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

Tuesday:  Partly sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 75 to 79.  Northwest wind 12 to 22 mph with higher gusts.

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 49 to 56.  North wind 12 to 18 mph.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 74 to 78.  North wind 12 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 54.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 78 to 82.  Light wind. 

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

Friday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 74 to 78.  Light northwest wind.

Friday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 44 to 52.  Light wind. 

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. 

The Old Forecaster

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weather Discussion for Sunday April 13, 2014


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Normal high and low temperatures for this week April 7-April 13 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 70/46, Chico 72/44, Quincy 63/31, Chester 56/28, Susanville 60/32, Grass Valley 61/39, Weaverville 66/34, Mt. Shasta 58/33, Yreka 63/34 and Alturas 59/28.
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High pressure is along the coast.  Today will be sunny with temperatures about like yesterday or a little warmer.  Winds will be northerly today with gusts to 20 mph in the valley.

Monday through next weekend it looks like we will be a in a close but no rain pattern.   The high pressure ridge will weaken slightly and the jetstream will push storms across the Pacific and into the Pacific Northwest. (see maps below).   Most of the time we will be sunny but will see a few mid and high clouds...especially those counties near the  Oregon Border....when the storms move by to our north.  The first system will go by late Monday and Tuesday with another late Thursday and Friday.  Temperatures will continue above normal.  Gusty north winds will occur late Monday through Wednesday afternoon.

So the one line forecast for the next week is....mostly sunny with a few high clouds at times with continued above normal temperatures. 

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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 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 50 to 57.  Light wind.

Monday:  Sunny with a few high clouds in the afternoon.  Max temps 76 to 80.  South wind 12 to 18 mph.

Monday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 50 to 50  Light wind.

Tuesday:  Partly sunny with a few high clouds.  Max temps 74 to 79.  Northwest wind 12 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 49 to 56.  North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 75 to 80.  North wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 47 to 54.  Light wind. 

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 78 to 82.  Light wind. 

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

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

Friday Night:  Scattered clouds.  Min temps 44 to 52.  Light wind. 

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

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

The Old Forecaster

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