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Chico dips its toes into fall

Temperatures in Chico started a slow descent towards winter over the past couple of days. After a cold front moved through northern California, temperatures failed to get out of the 50s for the next two days. The cooler temperatures were certainly autumnal, but the lack of rain in the area, despite a somewhat active pattern is distinctly Californian. The Weather Channel was in a three way tie for the lead when looking solely at temperatures, but they skyrocketed to the lead when they withheld rain from the forecast
Actuals:  Sunday – High 57, Low 44
Monday – High 59, Low 42

Grade: A-B

Joplin, Missouri to Chico, California

Let’s take a nice little trip out west. And by nice, I mean one in which we will almost certainly have to head through freshly snow covered mountain passes. The drive is going to take 3 days, with a pretty long day to wrap things up. The drive will cover 1887 miles at a pace of nearly 70mph, which will allow us to net 559 miles a day on those first two days of travel. I think we can handle this, snow and all!


DAY ONE (Sunday)

A cold front sneaking south through the Plains will bring some early morning drizzle and rain to eastern Kansas and western Missouri, which will be an auspicious start to what already promises to be a challenging journey. Fortunately, we will be north and west of the front by the time we hit I-70 at Salina. It will be cool and cloudy the rest of the way as high pressure settles in for a little while. We will make it into Colorado and the small town of Vona in the Plains as we prepare for the more scenic drives through the mountains.

DAY TWO (Monday)
The last day before we really lay it all on the table with a 700+ mile journey, we will contend with difficult enough weather. The city travel, in Denver and Cheyenne, will be just fine. We will pass through with little to no bother, save for the ever present risk of a traffic jam. When we reach the Elk Mountain area of Wyoming, however, we will start seeing delays of a different sort. Especially in the high terrain, don’t be surprised to see some light snow the rest of the way to Evanston, the stop for the day, with more significant bursts of snow in the mountain passes.

DAY THREE (Tuesday)
Fortunately, the snow that we see in Wyoming will be part of the last of a multi speared assault on the west coast. We will see a clear path forged ahead of us through Utah and Nevada, which have ducked any significant weather so far this season. The trek through the Sierras might still be slow as the area digs out from the first major rounds of snow in that part of the world, but we will arrive in a clearer, drier Chico than the one it has been the last couple of days.

Chico, California

Chico is the sight of the very first ever forecast on Victoria-Weather, more than a decade ago. I suspect that the weather will be a touch different than it was back in the olden days.

At 949, AM, PT, Chico was reporting overcast skies and a temperature of 54 degrees. There was light rain being reported in Susanville and more moderate rain to the southeast towards Lake Tahoe, while wind vectors indicated that the responsible boundary lay between Chico and Red Bluff. This particular wave is winding down in Chico, but will continue to bring snow to the high Sierras as a trough is angled southwest into the Pacific. A steady stream of moisture will pump into the mountains, in what is good news for the very dry Central Valley as they look forward to next spring.
An undercutting jet trough is expected to phase into the trough already influencing northern California’s weather, as a weak area of low pressure will slide into the Pacific Northwest by the end of the weekend. As the low continues to move into the Great Basin, an associated cold front will pass through the northern Valley, including a brief stop in Chico. It’s not out of the question that the city sees another bout of light rain in time for the morning rush on Monday, giving way to another dry but cloudy day to start the week.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 57, Low 44
Monday – Light rain early, then overcast, High 59, Low 46

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 57, Low 41
Monday – Mainly sunny.  High 59, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Mainly cloudy and cool with a couple of showers High 57, Low 42
Monday – Sunny much of the time and cool (early rain) High 59, Low 44

NWS: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 57, Low 40
Monday – Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, High 60, Low 40

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 58, Low 42
Monday – Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. High 61, Low 47

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 57, Low 40
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 60, Low 40

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the morning (late rain).High 56, Low 42
Monday – Partly cloudy until morning (early rain). High 58, Low 43

Wow, everyone is all over the place on this forecast. It will be quite interesting to see how it plays out! Here is a look at the Sacramento radar, showing heavier precipitation around Lake Tahoe.

Blazing in the valley

There wasn’t really a pattern to the heat in Chico. There was some suspicion that cooler air would filter into the Sacramento Delta to bring temperatures down a degree or two as a weak change in flow was forecast at the back side of a ridge. Instead, temperatures actually climbed a couple of degrees from Monday to Tuesday. That was weird. Actually, it wasn’t too far off, considering we were trying to plan around changes in topography and a fairly weak overall pattern, and the vagaries those two things can bring about. You can never really be sure in interior California. Accuweather had the top forecast thanks to their steady numbers,
Actuals: Monday – High 100, Low 64
Tuesday – High 102, Low 66

Grade: A-D

Hartford, Connecticut to Chico, California

How about we take one of the longest possible road trips available to us on these little road trip adventures? All right then, it’s 6 days from Connecticut to northern California, at a distance of 2956 miles. Those in Connecticut may not be as familiar with the open road, and we will be covering a lot of it at a pace of 64.7 miles. That means we will cover 517 miles a day, and it will still take 6 days to get to Chico. Better start haulin’.

DAY ONE (Monday)
There is a change in pattern coming to the country throughout this week, but the clear, warm weather the northeast saw today will generally continue tomorrow. There may be some showers that crop up in the higher terrain of the Appalachians, but organized showers and storms aren’t going to be an issue. As we head west into Ohio, we will approach the rich, moist return flow ahead of a wave in the Upper Midwest. We won’t get far enough into Ohio to guarantee ourselves a shower but there is definitely a shot of it between Clarion Falls, Pennsylvania and our Monday night pit stop in Newton Falls, Ohio.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
That moist plume that we will encounter before we arrive in Newton Falls will make for a rainy evening Monday night, but will be found mostly at the higher elevations of the Appalachians by the time we start making progress Tuesday morning. There will be some clouds through the remainder of our travels through Ohio, but certainly not very heavy showers. We will encounter some pleasant conditions across northern Indiana. Pleasant driving conditions, anyways, as for those outside will be slogging through very hot and humid weather. That wave in the Upper Midwest will be organizing during the day on Tuesday, and some strong thunderstorms may eject far enough to the east to reach Peru and Lasalle as we pass by. We wll fight through those storms as we continue on to Geneseo, southeast of the Quad Cities. There is a decent chance that some of this activity is severe, including the chance for some isolated tornadoes. Let’s hope our windshields make it.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
Wednesday will be very different than Monday and Tuesday. The cold front will move through as we recline in Geneseo. There may be a stray shower leftover as we head out for the day, but the heaviest weather will come before we depart. After that, expect a cool, breezy dry slot through Iowa and Nebraska. Don’t be surprised if there is a splash of light drizzle between Des Moines and Omaha in conjunction with an inverted trough, but the day will otherwise be very pleasant, and almost worth of a rolled down window or two. We’ll end the day in Maxwell, Nebraska, which lies just east of North Platte.

DAY FOUR (Thursday)
There really isn’t anything to say for Thursday. There won’t be much to see, and the weather will be perfect for driving through western Nebraska and southern Wyoming. We will end the day in the wastelands between Fort Bridger and Green River. Take the Westvaco Road exit and park the camper there.

DAY FIVE (Friday)
Back to the heat we go. Elevation will be the only thing to save Salt Lake City, but the wide open spaces with sunny skies will lead to some serious heat when we drive through the Bonneville Salt Flats and further west into northern Nevada. The day will end, once again, in some empty spaces, these near Argenta, Nevada, which is east of Battle Mountain.

DAY SOX (Saturday)
The crest of the ridge will be in the Rockies, so Chico won’t be as warm as it has been when we reach our destination on Saturday afternoon. Skies will still be sunny, and wind will be light, and even though it might not be 105, it will still be pretty darn warm.

Chico, California

Hey, gang, we haven’t bee out west for a while, so let’s make a trip.

At 358PM, PT, Chico was reporting a temperature of 100 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Chico was the exception in the clouds, but hardly the exception when it came to those triple digit temperatures. There was a well defined thermal ridge on the west coast, leading to the scorching temperatures through the northern Centra Valley.
As a trough in the north central US deepens and becomes orphaned in the northern Plains, the ridge will be blocked along the west coast. The temperatures out west will remain very warm, with little change in the pattern in sight.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 105, Low 68
Tuesday – Sunny, High 103, Low 67

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 102, Low 63
Tuesday – Sunny, High 101, Low 62

AW> tomorrow – Hot with plenty of sunshine High 101, Low 65
Tuesday – Hot with plenty of sunshine High 101, Low 64

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny and hot, High 103, Low 69
Tuesday — Sunny and hot,High 101, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Areas of smoke in the morning. Mostly sunny.High 103, Low 68
Tuesday – Sunny High 101, Low 65

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny, High 104, Low 70
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 102, Low 68

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 109, Low 68
Tuesday – Clear throughout the day. High 108, Low 70

YEE HAW, FIO is going for the gusto. A look at the satellite shows, well, not much going on. The real action will be on the thermometer.

Underwhelming temperatures in Chico

Forecast highs for Chico were generally in the 90s, with high pressure and perhaps a little bit of advection from the northern end of the Valley, It did reach 90 on Friday, but Thursday didn’t see the temperature surpass 87. Weatherbug foresaw some cooler temperatures and ended up with the top forecast in Chico
Actuals: Thursday – High 87, Low 62
Friday – High 91, Low 66

Grade: C

Chico, California

Good afternoon friends. We are setting forth on a western forecast adventure today, at the site of the very first Victoria-Weather Forecast 6 years ago.

At 1159AM, PT, Chico was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with sunny skies. There was a great deal of surface moisture just off shore, but there were no motivating influences off the coast to drive the low clouds and fog too far inland, so clouds being seen in the Bay Area even into the early afternoon will remain just that: Clouds over the Bay Area.
To the west, an undercutting just trough along the Arizona/New Mexico border with Mexico is giving some organization to the last gasps of the monsoonal flow. Fortunately for anyone hoping to catch some sun in Chico, this organization will be confined to the central Rockies and won’t be able to clear the Sierras into the northern California Valley.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 91, Low 61
Friday – Sunny and even warmer, High 95, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 93, Low 61
Friday – Sunny High 97, Low 64

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and warm high 96, Low 61
Friday – Plenty of sun High 97, Low 65

NWS: Sunny High 92, Low 63
Friday – Sunny High 95, Low 65

WB: Tomorrow -Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 63
Friday – Mostly sunny. High 94, Low 65

Satellite is pretty unremarkable for Chico, but you can really see some clouds coming off the ocean and make out where the higher terrain is producing some clouds.

Chico swelters, even at night

Chico was going to be hot this weekend. That was assured. Highs in the low 90s made sure our forecast verified, but there was a small degree of surprise in how warm it remained overnight. Temperatures remained in the mid-60s all night, which was the biggest cause of forecast error. Weatherbug had the top forecast.
Actuals: Saturday – High 91, Low 64
Sunday – High 93, Low 66

Grade: B