This blog will be issued every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning and updated if the weather is changing or critical or interesting weather events are occurring.
High pressure is over the western U.S. and off the coast. Today a weak frontal system is moving across the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. The southern end of this system will bring few clouds to the far north end of the state and could trigger a few thunderstorms near the Oregon border. The rest of the north state will be sunny with temperatures a little cooler. South to southwest winds will increase this afternoon.
The high pressure ridge will strengthen over the next few days and dominate our weather for the next week (see map below). Thursday through next week will be mostly clear and hot with temperatures 8 to 12 degrees above normal by the weekend. Looks like the first "hot spell" of the summer. Winds will light except for gusty north winds Friday and early Saturday.
The Old Forecaster