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Relief on its way

It was very warm in the central Valley of California over the weekend, and that bled into the beginning of the week. It was 103 in Hanford on Monday, but the good news was that clearing skies meant the overnight low was in the mid 50s. It was hot during the day, but no sleep was lost. Then, some clouds filtered in late in the day Monday, which meant temperatures didn’t drop as significantly Monday night into Tuesday. It also stayed a hair cooler, lingering in double digits instead of breaching triple digits. Accuweather most successfully charted the cool down, winning the forecast for the day.
Actuals: Monday – High 103, Low 97
Tuesday – High 97, Low 61

Grade: B-D

Hanford, California

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 102, Low 62
Tuesday – Increasing clouds, a bit cooler, High 98, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies. High 105, Low 59
Tuesday – Partly cloudy skies High 97, Low 65

AW: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies High 102, Low 59
Tuesday – Partly cloudy skies High 97, Low 63

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny and hot, High 103, Low 58
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 96, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 102, Low 61
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 95, Low 66

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 102, Low 57
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, High 97, Low 66

FIO: Tomorrow – Dry throughout the day and partly cloudy overnight. High 109, Low 61
Tuesday – Partly cloudy in the morning and dry throughout the day. High 103, Low 67

That is very toasty. FIO’s thermostat might be a little high. Hope you enjoyed the video!

California Cooks

A system moving through the west brought rain north and south of Hanford, but left the Central Valley dry, and allowed for warming temperatures. In fact, the high o both Tuesday and Wednesday exceeded the warmest high that anyone had. It stayed warm overnight, too, but at least a couple outlets pegged the Tuesday morning low. Overall, The Weather Channel was the warmest forecaster and took the top spot.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 84, Low 58
Wednesday – High 87, Low 59

Grade: B

Hanford, California

Hope everybody had a great Memorial Day today, the unofficial start to Summer. Will it be greeted well in Central California?

At 753pm PDT, the temperature at Hanford, CA was 72 degrees under fair skies. A trough is shifting through the Pacific Northwest, bringing widespread showers to the region. However, most of this activity is moving almost straight east into the Rockies. The central valley of CA, where Hanford is located, is going to be largely unaffected by it. They could see some gusty winds Tuesday afternoon as energy from the system pushes through the Western US, but the precip, and for that matter nearly all the clouds, will remain to the north. Wednesday will be more of the same, with abundant sunshine. A nice week is in store!

Tuesday: Sunny, but a bit breezy. High 81, Low 58.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 85, Low 55.

TWC: Tuesday: Sunny and breezy. High 83, Low 57.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 86, Low 56.

AW: Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 82, Low 58.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 84, Low 55.

NWS: Tuesday: Sunny. High 81, Low 57.
Wednesday: Continued sunny. High 82, Low 55.

WB: Tuesday: Sunny. High 82, Low 56.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 83, Low 55.

Here we see the system moving into the Western US, but stays off to the north.


Barely sweltering

Temperature forecasts for Hanford were generally in the mid 90s, with lows in the mid 50s. On all accounts, it was a few degrees cooler than what most had in the forecast. Well, most that weren’t ours. Victoria-Weather easily had the top forecast.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 88, Low 51
Thursday – High 93 Low 51.

Grade: A

Goldsboro, North Carolina to Hanford, California

It is time for another extended road trip here at Victoria Weather. Today’s trip seems familiar, doesn’t it? Perhaps because Hanford has been involved in so many road trips here. Our trip will cover 2699 miles over 5 days, a true cross country trek. We will be able to cover about 529.5 miles a day at 66.2mph. Shall we set forth on the open road, then?

We are going to see most of I-40 on our trip, save for a little it in California and a little bit in North Carolina. We will set forth in some dreary perhaps a bit drizzly conditions early in North Carolina. It will only get cloudier and foggier as we head to the Appalachians, but it will begin to clear out as we cross into Tennessee. A deep trough in the center of the country will begin to pull a great deal of moisture through the Gulf Coast, and as we approach Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, between Nashville and Cookeville, clouds and a very isolated thunderstorm will be just spreading across Tennessee.

The drive through Tennessee should be fairly enjoyable on Thursday, with clearing skies and warm weather for the Volunteer State. The flow of moisture and shower activity is anticipated to have an eastern edge through Memphis, so we should anticipate widely scattered showers and some thunderstorms from Memphis west through Arkansas. West of Little Rock, winds even outside of thunderstorms will pick up from the south. It could be a pretty dicey trek through Arkansas thanks to the rain, and some of those embedded thunderstorms may be briefly severe. We will call it a night in the Boston Mountains and the town of Mulberry, Arkansas, which is about 20 miles east of Fort Smith. It will be getting pretty windy, to go along with that rain as we head for shelter.

Cold air will get cycled into Oklahoma overnight as rain and thunderstorms become more intensely focused along the Mississippi River. We will still start the day with some chilly rain, but a wave developing at the base of the upper level trough will work to pull the rain and snow away from our route. We will likely see clouds and some cold rain through Henryetta, Oklahoma, but by the time we reach Oklahoma City, conditions will begin to improve dramatically. It might even be warm in Glenrio, Texas, on the border with New Mexico, and the destination for day three.

After a few days where the weather was uncooperative, the weekend will be much more favorable. It will be warm, sunny and calm as we head through New Mexico on our way to Flagstaff, our destination for Saturday night.

There is a weak little area of offshore projected to develop off of San Francisco Bay over the weekend. It isn’t likely to cause any significant weather too far inland around Hanford, but it will begin to change the flow over southern California. There will be an aggressive Marine Later around Los Angeles, but we can expect clearing skies almost as soon as we encounter the clouds around Barstow. We should be able to move into Hanford with the windows down and sunglasses on. It will be warm, though not quite as oppressively hot as they are going to be this week by the time Sunday rolls around.

Hanford, California

Into the central California Valley we go. I get to avoid using the S word in this forecast!

At 853AM, PT, Hanford was reporting a temperature of 68 degrees with sunny skies. The cut off trough that is going to afflict the center of the country is setting up over the High Plains, and behind that system is an emerging ridge over the west coast.
Really warm weather likely won’t come until late in the day tomorrow as northerly flow on the front end of the ridge begins to taper off. Calmer weather will prevail after some gusty winds today, which will hasten a spring warm up.
Tomorrow – Breezy early, then warming, High 89, Low 51
Thursday – Hot and sunny, High 92, Low 50

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 91, Low 56
Thursday – Sunny High 95, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and hot High 94, Low 52
Thursday – Sizzling sunshine and hot High 96, Low 52

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 89, Low 54
Thursday – Sunny, High 92, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 90, Low 53
Thursday – Sunny, High 94, Low 52

I can’t even wrap my head around temperatures this warm. Satellite is cool. It shows, fairly obviously, the marine layer in southern California

Hanford, California

Good morning! This might be the earliest forecast for the state of California that I have ever seen.

At 653AM, PT, Hanford was reporting a temperature of 35 degrees with haze and clear skies. The haze was typical valley haze, as a nice area of Pacific high pressure had settled in over the San Joaquin Valley.
As it often is in the west, the pattern will be static for the next 48 hours. High pressure will continue over California, while disturbed weather churns over the North Pacific. Cooler weather at night may lead to morning Thursday and Friday haze as it did this morning.
Tomorrow – Morning haze, High 68, Low 34
Friday – Sunny and warm, with some haze early, High 70, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 72, Low 34
Friday – Mostly Sunny High 76, Low 38

AW: Tomorrow – Plenty of sunshine High 69, Low 34
Friday – Mostly sunny and comfortable High 72, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 68, Low 36
Friday – Sunny High 75, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 68, Low 33
Friday – Sunny High 75, Low 36

The winter has been long and arduous. Nice to have a piece of cake forecast like this one every once in a while. Satellite is pretty clear, aside from the clouds lifting over the mountains.

Terre Haute, Indiana to Hanford, California

Quite the haul we have today! A 2,095-mile marathon from Western IN to the Central Valley of California. Better get a move on!


Starting off our trip in Terre Haute, an area of high pressure has taken hold of the Central US. A front draped across the East Coast will continue bringing some precip to the Eastern US, but everything will be well off to the East of our starting point, so it should make for a rather easy start to the day as we make our way towards St. Louis. In fact, all of today should be smooth sailing as we drive towards the heart of the high pressure dome, so not much to worry about as we make our way past Joplin and eventually into Tulsa for our night.


Hey look! More high pressure! Okay well maybe not quite so much today. The main chunk of high pressure continues to mosey on off towards the east, and with a system pushing through the Northern US is going to kick up some pretty strong southwesterly flow over the Southern Plains. It will continue to be fairly sunny throughout the day as we drive through Oklahoma and the TX Panhandle, however keep both hands on the wheel as it’s going to be pretty blustery all day. We’ll finish our day in Eastern NM in the small city of Tucumcari.


As an area of low pressure is ejecting out into the Central Plains, the associated precip with it should remain north of it over the Central Rockies and into the Northern Plains. Winds may still be an issue as we make our way through the rugged landscape of western New Mexico and into Northern Arizona, but dry weather is expected throughout the day as well. A deck of high clouds is anticipated as the aforementioned system continue developing, so while keeping the sun at bay at times, we shouldn’t have to turn on the windshield wipers. We’ll finish our day in Flagstaff, AZ, just one more day to go!


We continue our lovely trip on I-40 through Western AZ and past Spring Break hotspot Lake Havasu. High pressure is controlling much of the Intermountain West today, with an area of low pressure expected to cutoff and drop southward along the CA coastline throughout the day. Luckily, most of the precip associated with it looks to remain offshore or right along the coast. Meanwhile, our route keeps us inland as we pass through Barstow and by Edwards AFB. Conditions will probably be cloudy due to the low pressure, but the precip will remain out of the region. Eventually we make our way past Bakersfield and finally further into the Central Valley as we make it into Hanford.

Tougher than Alabama

Yesterday’s verification went extremely well for us, despite the thunderstorms strewn across the southeast, as they often are this time of year. In Hanford, California, they are probably a few months from their next rain storm, yet somehow, our temperatures were off. Cooler, in fact, a problem that was seen across the board. The Weather Channel and Weather Service tied atop the leader board.
Actuals: Saturday – High 95, Low 66
Sunday – High 95, Low 67

Grade: A