Redding’s 7-Day Weather Outlook: March 28 to April 3, 2011

Redding Weather Almanac:

Monday, March 28:  
Normal maximum temp: 68. Record high for this date: 86 in 1923.
Normal minimum temp: 45. Record minimum for this date: 30 in 1950.

Sunday, April 3:
Normal maximum temp: 68. Record high for this date: 96 in 1961.
Normal minimum temp: 45. Record min for this date: 31 in 1901.

We will gain 16 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on March 21 was at 7:00 a.m.  Sunset, 7:30 p.m.
Sunrise on March 27 is at 6:50 a.m.  Sunset, 7:36 p.m.

Weather Discussion: It looks like March will go out like a lamb and we will finally get some spring-like weather. Monday will be sunny with a few clouds and temperatures in the low- to mid-60s. There will be a few more clouds Tuesday from the trailing end of a storm that is moving into the Pacific Northwest. High pressure will be along the west coast Wednesday through Friday and we will have sunny skies and above-normal temperatures, with Redding in the upper 70s Thursday and Friday.

Late Friday, a fast-moving, spring-type storm will climb over the top of the offshore, high-pressure area and then drop southeastward into the Great Basin. This system will bring a few clouds to the area with a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the mountains. Temperatures will cool back to normal or a little below for this time of year. This will be a spring type storm — not a lot of precipitation, but gusty southwest winds ahead of it and gusty north winds behind it. The gusty north winds will persist from Saturday through early Monday.

Extended Weather Outlook, April 3 through April 10:
We should be mostly sunny throughout this period, with above-normal temperatures. This means Redding will be in the 70s. Gusty north winds will be ending on the 3rd.

-The Old Forecaster

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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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    Love having this service on newcafe. Tanx . . .

  2. Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

    You are still AMAZING, to me Chris!!

    You called it spot on for our march in honor of Cesar Chavez' birthday (actually on March 31) and our local Latino Grads!!

    Redding Police Chief, Peter Hansen and Captain Eric Wallace joined us in our march, and I am sure they 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. How the heck you could dial in a 3-hour window, by location, three days in advance… is an absolute wonderment and testament to your precision!

    On the way back from our Cesar Chavez festivities, Redding was hit with some of the most severe down pours I've seen this year!

    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

  3. From everything I've read I can understand why LJ Partin wanted to go in to meterology not only did he go in to the Air Force to serve his country he's there learning the craft he wants to do for the people after and if they can teach him the things they tought you then combind that with the passions that you both must have inside to succeed I can only pray that he is as successful in this field as you .l have heard good weathermen & women but even they couldn't hit their extended forcasts so spot on.May God continue to bless you & yours