Rain and Thunderstorms On the Way Out

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After four days of an evolving active weather pattern, the rain and thunderstorm threat is now coming to an end. The air mass is still very saturated with the moisture leftover from yesterday’s rains. However, a high pressure ridge will slowly creep to the north and allow for us to dry out and warm up. With the upper level low pressure system tracking to the Northeast, there will be a very slight chance for weak afternoon thunderstorms in the northern sections of the coast, basin, and high country. This will come after we collect enough daytime heating, so expect the activity in the afternoon. As for the extreme southern portions of Oregon and also Northern California, expect a dry day on tap.

Air quality in the region is shifting. As the winds are shifting to a northwesterly flow, the smoke from the fires burning in Southern Oregon will creep southward into Siskiyou County. Models are suggesting that these winds will continue for at least the next 72 hours. So until Saturday, areas in Siskiyou County, especially the Shasta Valley, will continue to see smoke. Air quality levels are in the “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” for most cities and towns in Northern California. Winds are calm to light for these areas today, so the number of pollutants and smoke particles are expected to increase into the “Unhealthy” category again today.

We keep our nice and comfortable temperatures today getting up, only to the 80’s for Northern California and the west side valleys. The Klamath Basin will see the upper 60’s to upper 70’s, and the coastal locations along with the high country will only see the 60’s or 70’s as well. Today will be a great day to be outside, especially if you plan to go to one of the local fairs. Tomorrow brings much warmer air to the region and the valley is expected to jump up 10 degrees into the lower 90’s. This will kick off a warming trend that will keep temperatures rising little-by-little each afternoon. Expect temperatures to be 5-10 degrees above average again by the start of next week.We will continue to stay dry for the extended term.

Thanks for logging on and enjoy the comfortable weather today!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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