Archive for January 18, 2014

SATURDAY WILL BE CHILLY BUT A WARMING TREND IS IN STORE FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY… ANOTHER ARCTIC BLAST MAY IMPACT THE REGION BY MID-WEEK

The direction and speed of the upper-level winds determine what our overall weather pattern will be. A large upper-level trough over Eastern Canada is causing the winds to come straight out of the coldest regions of Canada near the Arctic Circle down into the Northern Plains. This pattern caused the extreme cold two weeks ago and it appears that another blast of arctic air is on the way later next week. Will it be as cold as it was then? Right now, forecasters are saying that it won’t be as cold but it still should be much below normal. The same pattern that is causing our cold weather is keeping California unusually dry this winter. This may be one of the driest Januarys ever for the state. January is one of the wettest months of the year for California on average. They get most of their rain during the winter months. Summers are normally dry. So, if things don’t change soon, their drought will worsen and wild fires will become a major concern… Back to our weather… A cold front moved through overnight Friday night producing a little light rain. Saturday will be a cold and dry day with plenty of sunshine. A weak system is expected to move through Sunday but it shouldn’t produce any significant precipitation. Temperatures will trend upwards through Monday. Then, a strong cold front will bring another round of very cold weather during the mid-week period. What about precipitation? Right now, computer models are indicating that it will remain relatively dry here during the next several days with only slight chances for precipitation. That’s it for now. Have a nice weekend!

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