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.
Once again Redding is having the "summer of smoke". High pressure is still over our area and will hold there through Monday. Inland areas will clear/smoky with temperatures a few degrees above normal and southwest to northwest winds in the afternoons.
The high begins to weaken Monday afternoon as a low pressure trough drops slowly southward off the coast. This low will be just off the coast by Wednesday and move across the north end of the state Thursday (see map below). Unfortunately this is a weak system with not much moisture. We will see a a few clouds Wednesday and Thursday with a chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms over the higher elevations north of Redding. Temperatures start cooling Tuesday and will be 4 to 8 degrees below normal Wednesday and Thursday. Gusty south to southwest winds are expected Wednesday and Thursday. Friday through the weekend a weak high pressure ridge will be back along the coast. This will bring temperatures back to near normal.
The Old Forecaster