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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weather Discussion for Saturday February 28, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 23-March 1 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/40, Quincy 54/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/25, Grass Valley 56/35, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 50/28, Yreka 53/28 Alturas 48/22. 
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The low pressure area is over Northern California and dropping southward.  Clouds and showers will form during the day with most of the activity over the foothills and mountains.   Snow levels will be be around 4000 feet. Skies will clear this evening as the low moved to our south.   Sunday will be sunny and a little warmer with gusty north winds in some areas.  

Monday another low pressure area will drop southward along the coast and across Northern California.  This system will bring clouds to our area with a few showers over the foothills and mountains.   Tuesday through the weekend the high pressure ridge will be along and over the west coast.   The north state will be sunny with above normal temperatures. 

It still looks like we will see a shift to a wetter weather pattern around the 10th. 

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

Today:  Partly cloudy this afternoon with a chance of showers.   Max temps 60 to 65.  Northwest wind 12 to 22 mph.

Tonight: Clearing.  Min temps 38 to 46.  Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 36 to 44.  Light north wind.

Monday:  Becoming partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 45.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  North wind 12 to 22 mph.  

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 38 to 47.  Light north wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 65 to 69.  North wind 6 to 14 mph.

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

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 65 to 69.  Light wind.

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

Friday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 67.  Light wind.

Friday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 36 to 42.  Light wind. 
     
The Old Forecaster  

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Weather Discussion for Friday February 27, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 23-March 1 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/40, Quincy 54/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/25, Grass Valley 56/35, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 50/28, Yreka 53/28 Alturas 48/22. 
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The low pressure area is off the Oregon coast and dropping southward.  This system will move across Northern California later today and Saturday.  The low has cold air with but does not have a lot of moisture.   Scattered light showers will  occur over the higher elevations with a chance of a shower in the valley.  Snow levels will drop to 3000 to 4000 feet tonight.  Gusty west to northwest winds will occur today and Saturday.  The showers will be over by late Saturday afternoon and skies will be clearing.  Sunday the north state will be mostly sunny and warmer with gusty north winds.

Monday another weak low pressure area will drop through the area with a few clouds and isolated light showers over the higher elevations north and east of the valley.  Tuesday through the end of the week the high pressure area will be just off the coast. (see map below)  The north state will be sunny with near normal temperatures and gusty north winds. 

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

Today:  Sunny this morning, partly cloudy this afternoon with the chance of a shower.  Max temps 58 to 63.  Southwest to northwest winds 14 to 28 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy with isolated light showers.  Min temps 44 to 50.  Light wind. 

Saturday:   Partly cloudy with a chance of showers.   Max temps 58 to 63.  Northwest wind 12 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Clearing.  Min temps 41 to 47.  Northeast wind 14 to 26 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 36 to 44.  Light north wind.

Monday:  Becoming partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 45.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  North wind 12 to 24 mph.  

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 38 to 47.  Light north wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 65 to 69.  North wind 6 to 14 mph.

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

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 65 to 69.  North wind 8 to 16 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 40 to 47.  Light wind.
     
The Old Forecaster  

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weather Discussion for Thursday February 26, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 23-March 1 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/40, Quincy 54/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/25, Grass Valley 56/35, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 50/28, Yreka 53/28 Alturas 48/22. 
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Ref question yesterday...The ocean along the coast from Baja to Alaska has been running 5 to 6 degrees above normal.   There doesn't seem to be a good explanation by the oceanography community or the meteorologists.  What I have read is a chicken and egg thing....the warm water caused the high pressure area or the high pressure area caused the warm water.  The rest of the Pacific is not in a strong or even moderate El Nino pattern.  Sorry I don't have a better answer.  The warmer water would provide more moisture for storms if we ever get any. 
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The low pressure trough is dropping southward along the Canadian coast.  Today Northern California will be partly sunny to partly cloudy.  The low will swing off the coast tonight and then move across the north state Friday ending up over southern Nevada by Saturday night.   Friday through Saturday afternoon we will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered showers....mainly over the foothills and mountains. Snow levels will drop to 3000 to 4000 feet by Friday night, but precipitation amounts will be light.   Gusty northwest to north winds will occur Friday and Saturday.  Skies will be clearing late Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny and warmer.  

Monday and early Tuesday another weak low pressure area will drop through the north state. (see map below).  This system will bring a few clouds to our area with light showers possible over the mountains.  Wednesday and Thursday we will be back to sunny skies and gusty north winds. 

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

Today: Partly sunny with increasing clouds.  Max temps 65 to 70.  North wind 12 to 18 mph..

Tonight:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 54 to 59.  Southwest to northwest winds 14 to 28 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy with a few showers.  Min temps 44 to 50.  Light wind. 

Saturday:   Partly cloudy with a chance of showers.   Max temps 58 to 63.  Northwest wind 12 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Clearing.  Min temps 41 to 47.  Northeast wind 14 to 26 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 36 to 44.  Light north wind.

Monday:  Becoming partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 45.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  North wind 12 to 24 mph.  

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 38 to 47.  Light north wind.

Wednesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 65 to 69.  North wind 6 to 14 mph.

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

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weather Discussion for Wednesday February 25, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 23-March 1 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/40, Quincy 54/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/25, Grass Valley 56/35, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 50/28, Yreka 53/28 Alturas 48/22. 
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Ref questions yesterday...Brody...I don't really have a good answer.  There area several theories about the persistent ridge.  Just read one  yesterday from that tied it to the early Arctic ice melts.  Wish I could help you more.   Even through the west coast has warm water we are really not in an El Nino.   Click here for latest El Nino advisory. 
I still think the pattern will shift over the next couple of weeks.  With all the ice in the east I think the big issue will be too rapid a melt in the spring and runoff problems.
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Today will be sunny with temperatures about like yesterday with light to moderate north winds.  Thursday a low pressure area will be dropping southward along the Canadian coast.  Clouds will be increasing tomorrow and then Friday the low will move across Northern California ending up over southern Nevada by Sunday (see map below).  Friday through Saturday afternoon the north state will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered light showers mainly over the foothills and mountains.  Precipitation amounts will be light with snow levels 3000 to 4000 feet.  Gusty southwest to northwest winds will occur Friday with gusty north winds Saturday.

Skies will be clearing Saturday afternoon and evening with mostly sunny skies Sunday.  Gusty north  to northeast winds will continue.  Monday another weak low pressure area will drop southward into the north state.  This system will bring a few clouds to the area with light showers over the mountains Monday afternoon and early Tuesday.

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

Today: Sunny.  Max temps 68 to 72.  Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 43 to 49.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  North wind 12 to  22 mph..

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 52 to 57.  Southwest to northwest winds 14 to 28 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy with a few showers.  Min temps 44 to 50.  Light wind. 

Saturday:   Partly cloudy with a chance of showers.   Max temps 58 to 63.  Northwest wind 12 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Clearing.  Min temps 41 to 47.  Northeast wind 14 to 26 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 36 to 44.  Light north wind.

Monday:  Becoming partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 45.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  North wind 12 to 24 mph.  

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 38 to 47.  Light north wind.
     
The Old Forecaster  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weather Discussion for Tuesday February 24, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 23-March 1 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/40, Quincy 54/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/25, Grass Valley 56/35, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 50/28, Yreka 53/28 Alturas 48/22. 
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Ref March Miracle....March 1978 was wet but the term "March Miracle" was coined in 1991.  There were wetter March's so I think this probably a media developed term.
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Today and Wednesday Northern California will be mostly sunny.  The northeast winds will decrease today and then increase again on Wednesday.   With the dry airmass and lighter winds tonight will be cold in all wind sheltered valleys.   Some areas in the north valley could drop to the upper 20's.

Thursday a low pressure area will be sliding southward off the Canadian coast and will move across Northern California on Friday, ending up as a low pressure area over Nevada on Saturday. (see map below).  This system will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies to the north state Friday and Saturday with scattered showers.   Precipitation amounts will be light...but this is a colder storm so snow levels will be down to 3000 to 4000 feet.

The showers will end by late Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny with gusty north winds.   Another low pressure area will slide southward along the coast reaching our area Monday.  This system will bring clouds with showers over the higher elevations. 

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

Today:  Sunny.  Max temps 66 to 71.  North wind 10 to 18 mph this morning decreasing in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 29 to 33 low lying areas  and 34 to 40 west side thermal belt areas.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 67 to 72.  Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 43 to 49.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 61 to 66.  North wind 12 to  22 mph..

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 52 to 57.  Southwest to northwest winds 14 to 28 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy with a few showers.  Min temps 44 to 50.  Light wind. 

Saturday:   Partly cloudy with a chance of showers.   Max temps 58 to 63.  Northwest wind 12 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Clearing.  Min temps 41 to 47.  Northeast wind 14 to 26 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 36 to 44.  Light north wind.

Monday:  Becoming partly cloudy.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Southwest to northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 39 to 45.  Light wind. 
     
The Old Forecaster  

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Weather Discussion for Monday February 23, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 23-March 1 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 61/41, Chico 63/40, Quincy 54/27, Chester 48/23, Susanville 48/25, Grass Valley 56/35, Weaverville 56/30, Mt. Shasta 50/28, Yreka 53/28 Alturas 48/22. 
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Ref the question yesterday...I was in Redding during the 76-77 drought.   While 2014 was the driest calendar year in many locations, 1977 is still considered the driest rainfall year (Oct 1 to Sept 30).  1976 we received over half our rainfall in the first 4 months and in 1977 we received approx 70% of our rainfall in the last 4 months.  Therefore we had a very dry period from May 1976 to Sept 1977.   It should also be noted that between late 1977 and 1978  we received enough rainfall to refill Shasta Lake....which I think was 235 below the crest in late summer 1977.

The high pressure ridge has backed westward slightly and will continue to back a little more to the west over the next several days.   This means that low pressure areas dropping southward along the jetstream will see at least a little over the water trajectory before reaching Northern California.

Today through Wednesday Northern California will be mostly sunny with warmer temperatures.   The gusty northeast winds will continue today with speeds less than yesterday.   The winds will end by midday Tuesday.   The dry airmass will allow temperatures to drop in the wind sheltered areas with Tuesday night the coldest night.

Thursday clouds will begin to increase as the next low pressure area slides southward toward our area.  This system will move across the north state Friday.  (see map below).   This will not be a major precipitation producer but should bring scattered light showers to Northern California with snow levels 3500 to 4000 feet.   The showers will end by midday Saturday, and Saturday afternoon and Sunday we will see clear skies and gusty north winds.

In the longer range, I think the ridge will stay about where it is for the next 10 days and then it looks like it will shift further westward.   I still think we will see wetter weather patterns as we move into March.

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

Today:  Mostly sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Northeast wind 12 to 24 mph with higher gusts.

Tonight:  Clear.   Min temps 30 to 35. Wind sheltered areas and 37 to 45 elsewhere.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Light wind.

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 29 to 33 low lying areas  and 34 to 40 west side thermal belt areas.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 67 to 72.  Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 43 to 49.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 61 to 66.  North wind 12 to  22 mph..

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers.  Max temps 52 to 57.  Southwest to northwest winds 14 to 28 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy with a few showers.  Min temps 44 to 50.  Light wind. 

Saturday:   Morning showers then clearing.   Max temps 58 to 63.  North wind 12 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear.  Min temps 44 to 53.  Northeast wind 14 to 26 mph.

Sunday:  Sunny.  Max temps 64 to 68.  North wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 41 to 48.  Light north wind.
     
The Old Forecaster  

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weather Discussion for Sunday February 22, 2015


Normal high and low temperatures for this week Feb 16-Feb 22 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff 60/41, Chico 60/40, Quincy 52/26, Chester 46/23, Susanville 47/26, Grass Valley 55/34, Weaverville 55/30, Mt. Shasta 49/27, Yreka 50/27 Alturas 46/21. 
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This morning's satellite picture, below, shows what happens when you give a low pressure area access to water.    Yesterday a "dry" low pressure area moved into Northeastern California and now a portion of it is just southeast of the Bay Area.  The flow around the low is counter clockwise so over Northern California we have strong dry northeast winds.  However when the air passes offshore and comes back inland south of the low it has enough moisture to form clouds and showers.   Today and Monday the northern portion of the state will  sunny with a few clouds over the Sierra from Tahoe southward.   Strong and gusty north to northeast winds will occur with gusts to 40 mph in the valley and over 50 mph in the higher elevations.   Tuesday we will continue see mostly clear skies and the winds will be subsiding.  Wind sheltered valleys will be cold Tuesday night.

We are now in a weather pattern where the high pressure ridge has shifted to the west and the jetstream is dropping southward from Alaska along the coast.  It would be nice if it would back up a few hundred more miles and give the low pressure areas dropping southward a more over the water trajectory.  Late Tuesday and Wednesday we will see a few clouds from another system dropping southward.   Thursday will be sunny with another surge of gusty north winds.    Friday the next low pressure area will drop southward and this system will be a little further off the coast.  (see map below).   This won't be a big precipitation producer but should bring light rain or showers to the north state with snow levels 3500 to 4000 feet.  The showers will end Saturday.

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

Today:  Sunny with a few afternoon clouds.  Max temps 60 to 65.  Northeast winds 18 to 28 mph gusts 40 mph.

Tonight:  Clear.  Min temps 44 to 52.  Northeast wind 15 to 25 mph.

Monday:  Mostly sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Northeast wind 12 to 24 mph.

Monday Night:  Clear.   Min temps 30 to 35. Wind sheltered areas and 37 to 45 elsewhere.  Light wind. 

Tuesday:  Sunny.  Max temps 63 to 68.  Light wind.

Tuesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 29 to 33 low lying areas  and 34 to 40 west side thermal belt areas.  Light wind.

Wednesday:  Partly sunny with a few clouds.  Max temps 64 to 69.  Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear.  Min temps 38 to 48.  North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday:  Sunny.  Max temps 61 to 66.  North wind 12 to  22 mph..

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 40 to 48.  Light wind.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers.  Max temps 52 to 57.  Southwest to northwest winds 14 to 28 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy with a few showers.  Min temps 44 to 50.  Light wind. 

Saturday:   Morning showers then clearing.   Max temps 58 to 63.  North wind 12 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear.  Min temps 44 to 53.  Northeast wind 14 to 26 mph.
     
The Old Forecaster  

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