Weather Discussion for the Week of Jan. 3, 2011

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Click here for latest water vapor satellite animation It looks like we will finally get a few days to dry out.  This morning’s satellite picture shows that the low pressure area has moved through southern California and the weaker offshore low pressure area is moving southward.  High pressure is building over the Pacific Northwest and along the northern California coast.  This weather pattern will be in place for most of this week.  We will have sunny days with the temperature warming slowly through Thursday and clear cold nights with patchy fog in the valleys.

The weather pattern will shift slightly on Friday and by Saturday (see map below) the high pressure area will extend from along the California coast northward into Alaska with a low pressure area over western Canada.  The jetstream (storm track) will be dropping southward from the Alaska across the Pacific Northwest and into the central U.S.   Low pressure troughs riding along this storm track will stay mostly north of our area.  However, the southern end of these systems may clip the Siskiyou and Modoc county areas with a few clouds and maybe an isolated shower.  The map below shows one of these systems brushing the far north end of the state on the weekend.  Areas other than Siskiyou and Modoc counties will just see a few scattered clouds from these systems.   It looks like we could stay in this “dry” weather pattern for the next 10 days. 
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Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff Today:  Sunny.   Max temps 52 to 56.  North wind 10 to 15 mph.  Tonight: Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 27 to 32 low lying areas and 31 to 36 westside thermal belt areas. Light north wind.  Tuesday: Sunny.  Max temps 53 to 57.  North wind 6 to 12 mph.   Tuesday Night: Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 29 to 37. Light wind.   Wednesday: Sunny.  Max temps 55 to 60.  Light wind. Wednesday Night: Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 32 to 39.  Light wind.  Thursday: Sunny.  Max temps 57 to 62.  Light wind.  Thursday Night: Clear with patchy fog.  Min temps 32 to 39.  Light wind.  Friday: Sunny.  Max temps 54 to 59.  South wind 6 to 15 mph.  Friday Night: Clear.  Min temps 35 to 40.  Light wind.  Saturday: Mostly sunny with scattered clouds.  Max temps 51 to 56.  South wind 8 to 12 mph.  Saturday Night: Clear.  Min temps 30 to 37.  Light wind. Sunday: Sunny.  Max temps 53 to 58.  North wind 6 to 12 mph.  Sunday Night: Clear.  Min temps 30 to 37.  Light wind.  
-The Old Forecaster

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Chris Fontana — a.k.a. “the Old Forecaster” — started his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento. After four years as a weather officer in the USAF he transferred to the NWS office in Redding. He was the meteorologist in charge of the Redding office from 1976 until it closed in 1996. From 1996 until his retirement in 2005, he was the meteorologist in charge of the USFS Predictive Service Unit. Chris and his wife Jane have been married over 40 years and he works as a window covering installer in her business, Westwood Window Coverings.

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Chris Fontana
-- a.k.a. "the Old Forecaster" -- started his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento. After four years as a weather officer in the USAF he transferred to the NWS office in Redding. He was the meteorologist in charge of the Redding office from 1976 until it closed in 1996. From 1996 until his retirement in 2005, he was the meteorologist in charge of the USFS Predictive Service Unit. Chris and his wife Jane have been married over 40 years and he works as a window covering installer in her business, Westwood Window Coverings.
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