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The Old Forecaster’s Weather Outlook: April 18-24, 2011

Redding Weather Almanac: 

Monday, April 18:
Normal maximum temp: 73. Record high for this date: 90 in 1945.
Normal minimum temp: 48. Record low for this date: 33 in 2007.

Sunday, April 24:
Normal maximum temp: 73. Record high for this date: 96 in 1927.
Normal minimum temp: 49. Record low for this date: 32 in 2008.

We will gain 15 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on April 18 is at 6:27 a.m.; Sunset, 7:52 p.m.
Sunrise on April 24 will be at 6:18 a.m.; Sunset, 7:58 p.m.

Weather Discussion: We will have weak storm systems move across Northern California about every 3 days. The first of these systems will bring rain to the area Monday (April 18th). Tuesday and most of Wednesday will be sunny, with daytime temperatures Tuesday reaching the upper 60s and lower 70s.

The next weak storm will move into the area late Wednesday afternoon and should bring cloudy skies and light precipitation through midday Thursday. Maximum temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be in the mid-60s.

Friday will be sunny, with temperatures back up around the 70-degree mark. A stronger and colder storm system should reach the coast Saturday and the weekend looks cool and wet.

Extended Weather Outlook, April 25 through May 1: We will start this period with a cool low pressure trough along the west coast. The 25th through the 27th will be partly cloudy to cloudy with periods of rain or showers. Maximum temperatures will only reach the mid-60s. High pressure should build over the
area starting on the 28th and we should end the month with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s to near 80.

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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