The Old Forecaster’s Weather Outlook: May 2 – 8, 2011

Redding Weather Almanac:

Monday, May 2:
Normal high temperature: 76. Record high for this date: 93, in 2004.
Normal low temperature: 50. Record low for this date: 34, in 1908.

Sunday, May 8: 
Normal high temperature: 78. Record high for this date: 97, in 1924.
Normal low temperature: 53. Record low for this date: 34, in 1922.

We will gain 13 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on May 2 will be at 6:07 a.m. with sunset at 8:06 p.m.
Sunrise on May 8 will be at 6:00 a.m. with Sunset 8:12 p.m.

Weather Discussion: High pressure is trying to push northward along the west coast and bring us summertime weather. The jetstream or storm track continues fairly strong for this time of year and is pushing the storms eastward across the Pacific toward the west coast. The high will keep most of the storms north of our area, but the stronger-than-normal jetstream will also prevent the high from really pushing northward. This means every 2 or 3 days, storms will go by to the north with their southern ends brushing the far north of the state, bringing a few clouds and maybe isolated showers to the north coast and areas near the Oregon border.

The first of these systems goes by on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be sunny and warmer with high temperatures in the lower 80s Tuesday and mid- to upper 80s Wednesday. Gusty north winds will occur Tuesday and early Wednesday. The next weak system goes by to the north late Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the 80s. Late Saturday, a slightly stronger system will move through the area with a few more clouds and cooler temperatures. High temperatures Saturday and Sunday will be in the 70s.

Extended Weather Outlook, May 9 through May 15: A low pressure area will drop over Northern California on the 9th and 10th. This will bring partly cloudy skies to our area with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will be over the area on the 11th and 12th with clear skies and warmer temperatures. It looks like another upper-level low pressure area will be over the north state on the 14th and 15th for more clouds and a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Note … if we don’t hit 90 this Wednesday or Thursday, we may go through the first half of May without breaking the 90-degree mark.

-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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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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