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The Old Forecaster’s Weather Outlook: April 25 – May 1, 2011

Redding Weather Almanac:

Monday, April 25:
Normal high temperature: 73. Record high for this date: 98, in 1926.
Normal low temperature: 49. Record low for this date: 37, in 1975.

Sunday, May 1:
Normal high temperature: 75. Record high for this date: 93, in 1947.
Normal low temperature: 50. Record low for this date: 31, in 1948.

We will gain 14 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on April 25 is at 6:17 a.m. with sunset at 7:59 p.m.
Sunrise on May 1 is 6:09 a.m. with sunset at 8:05 p.m.

Weather Discussion: The week will start off wet as a storm system moves through Northern California. This storm will be east of our area by Monday afternoon and skies will be clearing.

Tuesday will be sunny and warmer with temperatures in the upper 60s or lower 70s. Wednesday and Thursday, a cold low-pressure area (storm) will move into the Pacific Northwest. The southern end of this system will brush the northern end of California. Precipitation associated with this system will be mostly north of Redding but Wednesday and Thursday will alternate between partly sunny to partly cloudy and there could be a brief shower Thursday. Gusty southwest to northwest winds are expected Thursday.

Friday through Sunday looks sunny and warmer, but there will be gusty northerly winds Friday through early Sunday. Weekend temperatures will be in the 70s.

Extended Weather Outlook, May 2 through May 8: Climatology shows that we can reach the mid- and upper-90s during this period but it’s not going to happen this year. May 2nd and 3rd will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the 70s. Late on the 3rd another low pressure system will move by to the north of our area. This will cool temperatures down and we may see an isolated shower or thunderstorm on the 4th. The 5th through the 8th look sunny and warmer and we could see temperatures in the 80s by the 8th.

-The Old Forecaster

Chris Fontana, aka 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 U.S. Air Force, Chris transferred to the NWS office in Redding, where he was the meteorologist in charge from 1976 until the office closed in 1996. From 1996 until his 2005 retirement, he was the meteorologist in charge of the U.S. Forest Service 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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