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Old Forecaster: Redding Weather Outlook for May 23-29

Redding Weather Almanac

Monday, May 23:
Normal high temperature: 82. Record high for this date: 102, in 1941.
Normal low temperature: 56. Record low for this date: 40, in 1990.

Sunday, May 29:
Normal high temperature: 83. Record high for this date: 102 in 1973
Normal low temperature: 57. Record low for this date: 44 in 1988

We will gain 9 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on May 23 will be at 5:46 a.m. with sunset at 8:27 p.m.
Sunrise on May 29 will be at 5:43 a.m. with sunset at 8:32 p.m.

Weather Discussion: Normally this time of year, the Pacific jetstream or storm track will weaken and retreat northward and a large high pressure area will build northward over California and western U.S. This in turn brings hotter and drier weather to the north valley and it is not uncommon to have temperatures in the upper 90s in late May. Not this year! The hottest Redding has been was 90 back on May 4th.

Monday (the 23rd), Redding will be sunny with a few clouds and afternoon and evening thunderstorms over the mountains to the north and east. Tuesday will be the nicest day of the week, with sunny skies and afternoon temperatures near the 80-degree mark. The Pacific jetstream will move closer to the Northern California coast on Wednesday and will push a storm system inland. Light rain is expected Wednesday afternoon and evening and the high temperature Wednesday will drop back to the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Thursday will start off partly sunny but clouds will increase in the afternoon as another storm nears the coast. It looks like more light rain and showers Thursday night and Friday. Thursday and Friday’s temperatures will be in upper 60s and lower 70s (15 degrees below normal).

The showers should be ending by midday Saturday with clearing skies during the day. The next storm system will move inland Sunday afternoon and evening. Redding will have chance of rain every day from Wednesday through Sunday.

Extended Weather Outlook, May 30 through June 5: We will end May with a storm system moving across the area with light rain and showers. I think a weak, high-pressure ridge will be along the coast by June 1st and this should give us several days of sunny skies and normal or above-normal temperatures.

-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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