Old Forecaster’s Weather Outlook: May 9 – 15, 2011

Redding Weather Almanac:

Monday, May 9:
Normal high temperature: 79. Record high for this date: 96, in 1936.
Normal low temperature: 52. Record low for this date: 36, in 1974.

Sunday, May 15:
Normal high temperature: 81. Record high for this date: 103, in 2008.
Normal low temperature: 55. Record low for this date: 36, in 1975.

We will gain 12 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on May 9 will be at 5:59 a.m. Sunset, 8:13 p.m.
Sunrise on May 15 will be at 5:53 a.m. Sunset, 8:19 p.m.

A May weather fact: The earliest date Redding recorded a high temperature of 100 degrees or greater was on May 4th of 1992.

Weather Discussion: Last week we recorded our first 90-degree reading of the year. It will probably be another 10 days to 2 weeks before we see another 90-degree reading. The low pressure area that brought clouds and cooler weather over the weekend is now moving east. The week will start off sunny with temperatures Monday in the 70s and then the lower 80s by Tuesday. Gusty north winds will occur Monday and most of Tuesday.

Wednesday will be partly sunny with a few afternoon clouds and high temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Thursday through midday Saturday we will be caught between a summer time high pressure area to the east of us, over the Southwest U.S. and the Great Basin, and a cool low pressure area several hundred miles off the coast. We can expect high temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Saturday afternoon and Sunday (the 15th) the low will be moving eastward and we can expect increasing clouds, cooler temperatures and showers and possible thunderstorms late Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures Sunday will probably be in the 60s … or about 15 degrees below normal.

Extended Weather Outlook May 16 through May 22: We start off this week with the low pressure area (storm) still along the coast or over Northern California. The 16th (Monday) and part of the 17th will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. The low will finally be east of our area by the evening of Tuesday the 17th. The 18th through the 22nd, high pressure will build along the coast for sunny skies and warmer temperatures. We could see our second 90-degree reading of the year by the 22nd.

-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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1 Response

  1. Avatar Marlene says:

    Chris…."Old" heck, we all hope we look as good as you when we retire….so my question is "What does it look like for Memorial Weekend….."Strawberry Festival", Saturday, May 28th…..guess who is asking? I still think you should be on channel 7's weather team!