Saturday, January 30, 2021

Weather Discussion for Saturday Jan. 30, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 25-Feb 1  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 57/37, Quincy 47/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 42/21, Grass Valley 54/31, Weaverville 50/28, Mt. Shasta 45/26, Yreka 46/24, Alturas 43/16

  
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Cloudy today with isolated light showers mainly over the mountains.  Snow levels will be around 3000 feet.  Temperatures will be below normal and winds will be light.  Late today a low pressure trough will approach the coast.  This a very slow moving system and will still be off the coast Monday (see map below).  The system will move east of the state Tuesday.  Precipitation will reach the coast range this evening and spread slowly eastward reaching the valley Sunday and then the Sierras late Sunday and Monday.  Snow levels will be 3000 to 4000 feet north and higher south.  The precipitation will turn to showers Tuesday afternoon and end Tuesday night.

Wednesday through next weekend a high pressure ridge will be along the coast.  Skies will be clear, temperatures will warm to above normal.  Periods of gusty north winds are expected.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Weather Discussion for Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 25-Feb 1  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 57/37, Quincy 47/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 42/21, Grass Valley 54/31, Weaverville 50/28, Mt. Shasta 45/26, Yreka 46/24, Alturas 43/16

  
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The low pressure area is still off the coast and is moving slowly southeastward.  This system will continue to send bands of rain and showers across Northern California through Thursday.  Snow levels will rise today to 2000 to 3000 feet and rise a little more on Thursday.  Gusty south winds will continue in many areas today.  Friday should be partly cloudy to cloudy with scattered showers from weak frontal system moving across the area.  Snow levels will be 3000 to 4000 feet and a little higher south.

Saturday look partly cloudy to cloudy with a few showers over the mountains.  Sunday another low pressure area will be approaching the coast (see map below).  This system will bring more rain to the north state Sunday afternoon through Monday.  Snow levels will be 4000 to 5000 feet.  Scattered showers will occur Tuesday as the system moves east of our area.
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Wednesday through at least the end of next week high pressure will be off the coast.  We will see clear skies with above normal temperatures. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Weather Discussion for Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 25-Feb 1  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 57/37, Quincy 47/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 42/21, Grass Valley 54/31, Weaverville 50/28, Mt. Shasta 45/26, Yreka 46/24, Alturas 43/16

  
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A very strong and cold low pressure area is headed toward Northern California.  Moderate to heavy precipitation will start late this afternoon and evening and continue through Wednesday.  Periods or rain or showers will occur Thursday as the low moves east of our area.  The two main features of this storm are the low snow levels and strong winds.  It looks like the snow level starts our at 500 to 1000 feet in the north and 1500 to 2000 feet south and will rise to 2500 to 3000 feet north and 3000 to 3500 feet south by Wednesday afternoon.  Southeast to southwest winds will increase later today and strong winds are expected tonight and early Wednesday. Gust in the north valley will be 50 to 55 mph with higher gusts over the ridges.

A weaker frontal system will move across Northern California Friday afternoon and Saturday with light to moderate rain.  Snow levels will be 1500 to 2500 feet north and 3500 feet south.  

Another low pressure area will be off the coast by midday Sunday (see map below).  This system will bring more rain to the north state Sunday afternoon through early Tuesday.  Snow levels will be 3000 to 4000 feet. 

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Weather Discussion for Monday Jan. 25, 2021

Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 25-Feb 1  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 57/37, Quincy 47/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 42/21, Grass Valley 54/31, Weaverville 50/28, Mt. Shasta 45/26, Yreka 46/24, Alturas 43/16

  
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The blog will be updated Tuesday due to the incoming storm.

The main part of the storm has moved east or our area.  There will still be a few residual snow showers over the mountains through mid afternoon.  Skies will be clearing this evening and tonight will be cold with freezing temperatures in many areas in the north valley.  

Clouds begin to increase Tuesday as a strong cold low pressure area approaches the coast.  The low will be over Northern California Wednesday and then east of the state Thursday (see map below).  Precipitation starts Tuesday night with heavy rain and strong and gusty southeast to southwest winds Tuesday night and early Wednesday.  Light to moderate rain will occur Wednesday afternoon with showers Wednesday night and Thursday.  Snow levels will be low.  Normally in Redding you don't see strong south winds and snow.  I have only seen it a couple of times in 45 years.  This may be one of those events.  Tuesday night and early Wednesday the snow level will be 500 to 1000 feet in the north and 2000 feet south. The snow level will start to rise late Wednesday morning and by Wednesday night be 2500 to 3000 feet north and higher south.

Friday a weaker frontal system will bring light rain or showers to the north state.  Saturday looks partly cloudy with showers mainly over the foothills and mountains and then another storm system will bring rain late Sunday and Monday.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Weather Discussion for Saturday Jan. 23, 2021

***COLD STORMS COMING***


Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 18-Jan 25  (high/low) Redding 57/36, Chico 56/36, Quincy 46/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 55/33, Weaverville 49/28,  Mt. Shasta 46/27, Yreka 45/24, Alturas 42/17

  
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Today will be partly to mostly sunny and cool with light to moderate north winds.   Sunday another cold low pressure trough moves across Northern California with light precipitation.  Snow levels will be 500 to 1000 feet north and 2000 to 3000 feet south.  Monday skies will be partly cloudy with a few snow flurries over the higher elevations.  

Tuesday a cold and strong low pressure area will move to just off the coast and the will move slowly eastward across Northern California Wednesday and early Thursday (see map below).  This system will bring heavy precipitation and strong southeast to southwest winds to the north state.  Snow levels will be low....it is a cold storm and there will probably be cold air trapped in the north end of the Sacramento Valley.  Snow levels will be 500 to 1500 feet in the north and 2000 to 3000 feet south. I am leaning more toward the 1000 to 1500 foot level around Redding.  This is because I think the south winds will scour our much of the trapped cold air.  If the cold air stays in place then the snow levels will be near 500 feet in the Redding area.  Snow levels will rise a little Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. The precipitation will taper off during the day Thursday with just a few mountain snow showers Friday.

Another storm will bring more rain and snow to the area Saturday and Sunday.  This will be another cold storm but snow levels will be a little higher.  

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Weather Discussion for Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021

Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 18-Jan 25  (high/low) Redding 57/36, Chico 56/36, Quincy 46/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 55/33, Weaverville 49/28,  Mt. Shasta 46/27, Yreka 45/24, Alturas 42/17

  
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The high pressure ridge that is off the coast is moving slowly back to the west. This will bring in colder weather with possibly heavier precipitation next week.  Today will be sunny and cooler with the north winds will be ending this morning.  Clouds will begin to increase Thursday afternoon as a low pressure area drops southward along the Canadian coast.  The low will move through Northern California Friday with scattered light showers.  Snow levels will be 1500 to 2500 feet north and higher south.

Saturday we will see clearing skies with cool temperatures.  Late Sunday and early Monday another cold low pressure area will move through with light precipitation.  Snow levels will be 1000 to 1500 north and 2500 to 3000 feet south.  The map below shows the weather pattern for next Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.  Note the low is further off the coast.  This would be a wetter system.  Snow levels will be low.  The caveat is that the models are not in agreement on location and strength of this pattern.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Weather Discussion for Monday Jan. 18, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 18-Jan 25  (high/low) Redding 57/36, Chico 56/36, Quincy 46/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 55/33, Weaverville 49/28,  Mt. Shasta 46/27, Yreka 45/24, Alturas 42/17

  
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The high pressure ridge that is along and over the west coast is beginning to move back to the  west.   This will allow temperatures to slowly cool.  Skies will be clear through Wednesday.  Strong and gusty northeast winds will occur today and Tuesday with lighter north winds Wednesday.  

As the high pressure ridge moves back to the west is allows colder air to drop southward from Alaska.  Friday a low pressure area will be off the Northern California coast (see map below).  This low will have limited moisture but will bring light showers to Northern California with snow levels 2000 to 3000 feet.  

Saturday and Sunday look mostly sunny and cool with north winds.  Another storm will bring showers to the area late Sunday and Monday.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Weather Discussion for Saturday Jan. 16, 2021

Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 11-Jan 18  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 54/35, Quincy 45/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 54/33, Weaverville 48/28,  Mt. Shasta 45/27, Yreka 45/24, Alturas 42/18

  
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High pressure is along the west coast.  Today and Sunday will be mostly sunny with daytime temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal.  North winds will be increasing in some areas.  Strong and gusty north winds will occur over Northern California Sunday.  

Monday the high will begin to shift slowly westward.  Skies will be clear through early Thursday with daytime temperatures cooling back to near normal by Thursday.  Gusty north winds will continue through Thursday morning with strongest winds Monday and early Tuesday.

Friday the high will have moved far enough westward that the jetstream is dropping from Northern Alaska (see map below).  This is not a very wet pattern...but it will bring very cold air into Northern California.  The models indicate the high could shift a little further westward next weekend which would bring moisture into the cold airmass. 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Weather Discussion for Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 11-Jan 18  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 54/35, Quincy 45/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 54/33, Weaverville 48/28,  Mt. Shasta 45/27, Yreka 45/24, Alturas 42/18

  
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The high pressure ridge is continuing to build or push northward along the coast.  A frontal system continues to slide across the top of the ridge.  This front will bring scattered showers to the north state this morning.  Skies will begin clearly later today as the front finally moves eastward.  

A fairly strong high pressure ridge will continue through at least the middle of next week (see map below).  Skies will be mostly clear, except for a few clouds Friday as another frontal system move by to our north.  Temperatures will be above normal.  Winds will be light with gusty north winds moving into the area late Sunday through early Tuesday.

Longer range models show a shift to a colder and possibly wetter pattern by the end of next week.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Weather Discussion for Monday Jan. 11, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 11-Jan 18  (high/low) Redding 56/36, Chico 54/35, Quincy 45/23, Chester 43/20, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 54/33, Weaverville 48/28,  Mt. Shasta 45/27, Yreka 45/24, Alturas 42/18

  
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There is a battle of two weather features occurring.  A strong and active jetstream is running across the Pacific toward the west coast, while a high pressure ridge pushes northward along the coast.  The frontal system shown off the coast on this morning's satellite picture (below) will be forced northeastward.  However, the system is strong enough and has enough moisture that is will bring clouds to Northern California Tuesday and Wednesday.  Light rain will occur over the foothills and mountains, and in the valley north of Chico.  Snow levels will be 6000 feet or higher.  Thursday will be partly to mostly sunny.

Friday the next front will be approaching the coast.  The high pressure ridge will be stronger so this system will bring clouds to the north state with light rain or showers north of Redding.

The ridge will become stronger Saturday through early next week (see map below).  Look for mostly clear skies and above normal temperatures. 

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Weather Discussion for Saturday Jan. 9, 2021

Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 4-Jan 11  (high/low) Redding 54/36, Chico 53/35, Quincy 45/23, Chester 41/20, Susanville 39/21, Grass Valley 53/31, Weaverville 47/27,  Mt. Shasta 43/27, Yreka 44/23, Alturas 41/16

  
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Our sort of wet period was short lived.  While the high pressure ridge that had been along the coast weakened somewhat, is now pushing or building northward.  The nice looking low pressure are and frontal system shown on this morning's satellite picture, is being routed to the northeast.  This system will bring some clouds to Northern California tonight and early Sunday with a few light showers on the north coast and near the Oregon border.  Monday and Tuesday we will see a few clouds from Redding northward.  Temperatures will be above normal and winds will be light.

Wednesday through next weekend a strong high pressure ridge will be along the west coast (see map below).  Skies will be mostly clear.  Daytime temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal and winds will be light.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Weather Discussion for Wednesday Jan 6, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 4-Jan 11  (high/low) Redding 54/36, Chico 53/35, Quincy 45/23, Chester 41/20, Susanville 39/21, Grass Valley 53/31, Weaverville 47/27,  Mt. Shasta 43/27, Yreka 44/23, Alturas 41/16

  
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A frontal system is now moving onto the coast and will move rapidly across Northern California today.  This system will bring light rain to the area with the snow levels 5000 to 6000 feet.  The precipitation ends by evening and skies will be clearing.  Thursday looks partly to mostly sunny with near normal temperatures and light winds.

A slightly stronger frontal system will bring more rain to the north state Thursday night and Friday (see map below).  Snow levels will be near 5000 feet.  This system will be east of the area by Friday night.  There will be a few lingering clouds around Saturday with near normal temperatures and light north winds.

Sunday the high pressure ridge begins to push northward over California.  This will push the next frontal system northward.  We will see a few clouds Sunday but no rain.   The high will get stronger next week and this will bring a prolonged period of dry weather with above normal temperatures. 

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Weather Discussion for Monday Jan. 4, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Jan 4-Jan 11  (high/low) Redding 54/36, Chico 53/35, Quincy 45/23, Chester 41/20, Susanville 39/21, Grass Valley 53/31, Weaverville 47/27,  Mt. Shasta 43/27, Yreka 44/23, Alturas 41/16

  
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A fairly strong low pressure area and frontal system are now moving into Northern California.  This system will bring rain, heavy at times, to Northern California today.  Snow levels will be 5000 to 5500 feet north and higher south.  Strong and gusty south winds will occur through mid afternoon with gusts 50 to 55 mph in then north end of the valley and 65 mph over the higher elevations.  The rain turns to showers by evening and ends during the night.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy.  Another low pressure trough will move through Wednesday.  This system will not be as strong as today's but will bring rain to all of the north state.  Snow levels will be around 5000 feet.  Locally gusty south winds will precede the storm.

A brief break occurs Thursday and then another low pressure system moves through on Friday (see map below).  This system will be stronger than Wednesday but not as strong as today's.  Snow levels will be 3500 feet north and 5000 feet south.  

Last blog it looked like high pressure would build back over the west by the weekend.  It now looks like the high will be delayed a few days.  Another low pressure trough and frontal system will bring more precipitation to our area Sunday afternoon and Monday.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Weather Discussion for Saturday Jan. 2, 2021

 Normal high/ low temperatures for Dec 28-Jan 4  (high/low) Redding 53/35, Chico 53/34, Quincy 44/22, Chester 39/18, Susanville 39/19, Grass Valley 52/31, Weaverville 45/27, Mt. Shasta 42/25, Yreka 42/24, Alturas 40/14

  
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This morning a low pressure area and frontal system are pushing into the Pacific Northwest with the southern end laying over Northern California.  Today and Sunday will be cloudy with scattered light showers.  Snow levels will be 5000 feet north and higher south.  

 Late Sunday a fairly strong storm system will be approaching the coast.  This system will move across Northern California Monday (see map below).  Rain, locally heavy at times, Monday with snow levels staring high but lowering to 3000 to 4000 feet by afternoon.  South winds begin to increase late Sunday.  Monday very strong southerly winds are expected with gusts to 50 mph in the north end of the valley and 65 mph over the higher elevations.  

The precipitation end Monday night and Tuesday will be partly cloudy.  The next low pressure trough will bring rain to the north state Wednesday with snow levels 2500 to 3000 feet north and 5000 feet south in the Tahoe area.  This system will be east of our area by early Thursday. 

Thursday afternoon through the weekend a weak high pressure ridge will be over California. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny except for night and morning valley fog.  

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