Finally: Spring Weather is on the Way

Winter will end … I know, according to the sun and calendar, spring started at 4:21 pm last Sunday, but after standing up 4 or 5 of my wife’s plants that just blew over for the fourth time in the last week, even I was beginning to wonder if this winter weather pattern would ever let up.

The north state will have to endure a couple more storms, one late today (Friday) and the other late Saturday. However, these systems will be weaker and will have higher snow levels. All of the longer range forecast models are now in agreement that high pressure will finally begin to rebuild along the west coast. This will push the storm track northward and out of our area.

We will start to see spring-like weather Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday, the north valley should be sunny with temperatures in the low- to mid-70s. It looks like the nice weather should last through next weekend.

-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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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Jim Dyar says:

    Thanks for the glimmer of hope, Chris. I was starting to wonder if we would all be in Venice soon.

  2. Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

    What promising news Chris – thanks!

    In Spanish, we call you: "El Pronosticador Antiguo."

    Say… the Cesar Chavez Day & Latino Graduate Scholarship Awards is this Sunday, March 27.

    Our symbolic march in honor of Cesar Chavez is from 1PM until about 2PM from Anderson City Hall and around old town Anderson.

    Can you say what our hopes may be for a dry event??

    !muchisimas gracias!

    Alan Ernesto Phillips

    Public Affairs Officer

    Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition

    • Avatar Chris Fontana says:

      Alan

      At this time it looks like the main part of the Sunday storm will move through our area between 10:00am and 2:00 pm. This isn't good for your event. However, this will be a much weaker storm than the ones we have had and the timing could change. I will update the forecast for your event in the comment section of this article tomorrow.

      Chris aka "The Old Forecaster"

  3. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    Thank you Chris for that sunny forcast. It's rained so much my back side is growing moss and my lawn chairs have flown to Igo.

    My rain gauge off Placer is showing near 5 inches from the current storm which is a whole lot more than the Redding Airport near Anderson. The National Wx. Service should have kept there station up here in my opinion.

    Keep up the great work. I enjoy your reports.

  4. Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

    AMAZING!

    That alone helps us tremendously for preparing ourselves, our children and our elderly for the march. We'll be sure to bundle up.

    From the very bottom of our little Latino hearts, ¡muchimas gracias tambien! "don Pronosticador Antiguo."

    We will be anticipating your weather prog, mañana!

    Alan

    (A former pilot, who truly values your science and wisdom!)

  5. Avatar Chris Fontana says:

    Alan

    Here is an update. Sunday's storm will be a little weaker but will have gusty southerly winds. At the time of your march there will be showers and possible thunderstorms in the area but there are some indications they may be north of your area. Temperatures at the time of your event will in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

    Chris

    • Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

      We March for César's Legacy!

      Chris, thank you so much for contributing so much to a small, yet worthy, community-enriching event; your knowledge, skills and service to us all, is dearly valued!

      Thank you…

      ¡adelante!

  6. Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

    You are AMAZING, Chris!!

    You called it spot on for our march for Cesar Chavez and Latino Grads!!

    Redding Police Chief, Peter Hansen and Captain Eric Wallace joined us in our march, and I am sure were glad we didn't get hit with rain.

    The weather band you predicted came through! I saw rain on my way from Redding to Anderson about noon. It was cloudy, a little windy and cool in Anderson. On our way back from our Cesar Chavez festivities, Redding was hit with some of the most severe down pours I've seen this year!

    How the heck you are able to predict such accurate weather days before our event with a three-hour window… is simply mind-blowing to me!!

    Thank you again, we had a most successful and very well attended event. You, sir… helped us serve our community very well. And Cesar Chavez would be so proud and grateful to you, too, Chris…

    With my best wishes to you and your dear ones,

    Alan Ernesto Phillips

    PAO, NHLC