Old Forecaster: Mid-week Redding Area Weather Update, July 14-July 21

This outlook is issued every Wednesday to update the Sunday weekly forecast and provide a weather outlook for the next 10 days.

Our current weather pattern sure isn’t what we normally see in July. There is a large, very strong high pressure area over the central and eastern U.S., which is bringing record temperatures to that area. To our west in the Pacific is another large high pressure area that has pushed northward into the Gulf of Alaska. Between two large high pressure areas you will always find a low pressure trough. So with high pressure to our east and high pressure to our west, we end up with a low pressure trough along the west coast.

It looks like this weather pattern will hold for the next 5 to 7 days. This trough will keep temperatures 12 to 18 degrees below normal with afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms over the foothills and mountains to the north of Redding Thursday (the 14th) through Saturday (the 16th). During this time, Redding will be mostly sunny with some afternoon cloudiness.There is a slight chance that one of the showers could push off the mountains and across Redding during the late afternoon and early evening. The offshore trough will weaken slightly late this weekend and Redding will see high temperatures in the lower 90s on Sunday (the 17th).

Early next week, the high pressure area over the central U.S. will expand westward and this will push the low pressure trough a little further off shore. This means continued sunny skies with temperatures next week warming in the mid to upper 90s, which is still a little below normal for this time of year.

-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. Avatar Marlene says:

    I do enjoy reading your column, you are so informative…Did Jane take the picture of the rainbow??? It's great!