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Old Forecaster: Redding Area Weather Outlook for Aug. 1-7, 2011

Weather Discussion: The high pressure area is still over the central U.S. but it will weaken and shift a little eastward during the week. This will allow a very weak upper level low pressure trough to form along the west coast. Redding can expect sunny skies for the first week of August with high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, or just a little below normal for this time of year.

Extended Weather Outlook, Aug. 8 through Aug. 14:  The longer range models still don’t indicate any changes in the weather pattern we have been in for the past 6 to 8 weeks. High pressure will continue to bake the central and eastern U.S. There are some indications that the weak low pressure trough off our coast will get a little stronger and this could bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms to the mountains. Overall the second week of August looks a lot like the first. Redding will have sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.

REDDING WEATHER ALMANAC

Monday, Aug. 1
Normal high temperature: 98. Record high for this date: 113, in 1993.
Normal low temperature: 68. Record low for this date: 53, in 1945.

Sunday, Aug. 7
Normal high temperature: 98. Record high for this date: 117, in 1978.
Normal low temperature: 68. Record low for this date: 53, in 1945.

We will lose 13 minutes of daylight this week:
Sunrise on August 1 is 6:06 a.m. with sunset at 8:25 p.m.
Sunrise on August 7 is 6:12 a.m. with sunset at 8:18 p.m.

-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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