Old Forecaster: Weather Outlook for May 16-22, 2011

Redding Weather Almanac

Monday, May 16:
Normal high temperature: 81. Record high for this date: 103, in 2008.
Normal low temperature: 54. Record low for this date: 40, in 1917.

Sunday, May 22:
Normal high temperature: 82. Record high for this date: 102, in 1941.
Normal low temperature: 55. Record low for this date: 34, in 2010.

We will gain 11 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on May 16 will be at 5:52 a.m. Sunset, 8:20 p.m.
Sunrise on May 22 will be at 5:47 a.m. Sunset, 8:26 p.m.

Weather Discussion: We start this week off with the cold, low-pressure area still over Northern California. This low will have trouble moving eastward due to the stationary high-pressure area in the central United States. Monday through early Wednesday, we can expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies, with occasional showers and possible thunderstorms. The wettest period looks like Monday afternoon and evening. Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will be in the lower 60s, or about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year.

The precipitation will end by early Wednesday, and Wednesday afternoon will be sunny and warmer with temperatures in the mid 70s.

Thursday, it looks like the weather pattern will try and return to spring. High pressure will begin to try and build northward along the California coast and this will push the jetstream north of our area. Friday through Sunday will be mostly sunny with a few clouds at times as storms move by to the north of our area. Temperatures Thursday through Sunday will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Extended Weather Outlook, May 23rd through May 29th: A weak, high-pressure ridge will continue just off the California coast. While we probably won’t see temperatures hit the 90 mark, we should see partly to mostly sunny skies, with afternoon temperatures in the lower 80s.

-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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