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Salt Lake City, Utah to Redding, California

Today we embark on a mountain road trip, from Salt Lake City to Redding, a 713-mile trip through the Great Basin to the northern tip of California’s Central Valley. This would have been posted a little earlier, but was slightly distracted by the TV reporting Osama Bin Laden’s death. Historical breaking news reports have a habit of delaying posts. A shout-out to all of the American servicemen and women who have spent their time, and their lives, to helping bring this man to justice. On that note, let us travel westward through the mountains…


As I mentioned yesterday, a ridge of high pressure took hold over a good portion of the Western US. Dry weather is anticipated as we trek from Utah’s capital into Nevada, and past Elko along I-80. Higher-level clouds are expected late in the day as a cold front moves through the Pacific Northwest. Some precip is expected to move through Oregon and southern Idaho, and some gusty winds are anticipated as we move through the mountains, but we’ll remain on the dry side as we pull into Reno, our stop for the night.


It’ll be a short drive today, under 200 miles left to our destination. Much like yesterday, the weather today should be on the pleasant side with less wind than yesterday. We’ll pull into Redding by noontime, which should be mostly sunny. Enjoy the day!

Conservative forecasts win out

The forecasts in Redding were widely varied. There were some that went cooler, thinking that clouds and rain would keep the city cool. There were others that went very warm, knowing that Redding has a reputation for being very warm, owing to the ability to see downsloping winds from every direction. As it turned out, however, the outlet that didn’t stray too far in either direction, The Weather Channel, had the top forecast. It was a little warmer, with temperatures in the upper 60s, so warmer forecasts like Victoria-Weather and Accuweather came sliding in the second and third. respectively.
Actuals: Sunday – Trace of precipitation, High 69, Low 52
Monday – .01 inches of rain, High 68, Low 52

Grade: B

Redding, California

The weather in northern California will be substantially more pleasant than it has been east of there, like in Saint Louis, where the airport at Lambert Field was hit by what is estimated to be an EF-4 tornado. It tore the roof off the terminal building and tossed vehicles around the Arrivals area of the airport. IT’s always scary when a twister hits a major populated area like Saint Louis or Raleigh, but fortunately in Saint Louis, nobody was killed, and only minor injuries were reported. But like I said, it’s not going to be anything like that in Redding.

At 753PM, PT, Redding was reporting a temperature of 55 degrees with high clouds. The jet was tracking over northern California, bringing the upper level moisture to the city, but the trend was for strengthening aloft in the jet, as well as a shallow trough sweeping into the Pacific Northwest.
At the surface, this strengthened upper air flow will manifest itself as disorganized low pressure over the northern Rockies, and a stout westerly flow into northern California. This will keep Redding damp with a mid level layer of overcast for the next two days. Rain won’t be overwhelming, but there will be enough drizzle to wet the roadways each of the next two days.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with some light showers, High 68, Low 46
Monday – Light rain continues, with more clouds, High 65, Low 53

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a few showers. High 70, Low 51
Monday – Showers possible High 66, Low 54

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun with spotty showers High 70, Low 45
Monday – Rather cloudy and cool with a passing shower High 71, Low 51

NWS: Tomorrow – A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy High 64, Low 46
Monday – Showers likely. Mostly cloudy High 62, Low 52

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. High 62, Low 45
Monday – Rain showers likely High 61, Low 50

Temperature forecasts are all over the map. Redding is a very difficult place to forecast for, set at the very northern end of a broad valley as they are. Satellite shows the overcast is very thin over northern California.

Unexplained phenomenon

The temperatures in Redding were wildly different than the common consensus. The high on Tuesday peaked at 90, but the high on Wednesday was 76. The enormously warm temperature is easily explained by the 10mph north wind, which induced some solid downsloping. Why was it so cool on Wednesday though? I have no freaking clue. Anthony’s forecast was the best of the bunch, but that really doesn’t say much, unfortunately.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 91, Low 46
Wednesday – High 76, Low 48

Grade D

Redding, California

Behold, as once again I do a forecast for a California town! However, this one is not along the coast or in Southern CA, so a bit of a treat! Will the weather be a treat as well, or will it trick us with some midweek gloom?

At 6:53pm PDT, the temperature at Redding, CA was 78 degrees under fair skies. High pressure has taken hold over Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies, with the southern extend of the high holding firm over Northern CA. Redding is found at the very northern edge of CA’s Central Valley before you get into the more mountainous terrain of far northern CA, so warm temperatures are still commonplace later in the fall season. An upper level low has been camping out over Southern CA making it rainy for LA and San Diego, but is far enough south that only some weak cloud layers have managed to venture over Redding the last couple of days. With high pressure continuing to deflect any systems up into Canada, Redding should continue their streak of pleasant weather into midweek.

Tuesday: Sunny. High 85, Low 52.
Wednesday: More sun. High 81, Low 49.

TWC: Tuesday: Sunny. High 88, Low 55.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 85, Low 53.

AW: Tuesday: Sunny. High 84, Low 46.
Wednesday: More sun, morning low breaking 1996 record of 40. High 80, Low 39.

NWS: Tuesday: Sunny. High 86, Low 55.
Wednesday: Continued sunny. High 82, Low 56.

WB: Tuesday: Sunny. High 84, Low 54.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 81, Low 50.

There’s going out on a limb, and going WAY out on a limb, as Accuweather is forecasting a Wednesday morning low 10-15 colder than everybody else and breaking the record. Well, no guts no glory right? Here we see the relatively benign conditions over northern CA.

Sizzling Out West

Well the high pressure ridge out west kept much of the West Coast and Desert Southwest scorching this week, and Redding was no different. Temperatures nearly cracked 100 on Monday, then followed it up with an even hotter Tuesday. However, the calm winds and clear skies did help radiate out temperatures greatly during the night, falling into the mid 50s. That’s where most people got burnt, figuratively speaking of course. That aside, Ryan’s forecast for VW brought home the title, narrowly edging AW. That’s 2 out of the last 3 for yours truly, lets see if we can continue the hot streak to finish out the month!

Monday: High 99, Low 55.
Tuesday: High 103, Low 54.
Forecast grade: C

Redding, California

We’re off to California for tonight’s forecast. It’s going to rain everywhere out east, so I’m in the mood for good news.

At 752PM, PT, Redding was reporting a temperature of 78 degrees with clear skies. The west was remarkably quiet, with a stalled front over the Pacific Northwest the only nearby threat for rain, however the system was held up by a dominant ridge,
Inland, California continues to be clear and dry, while the coast will contend with the marine layer. Expect a summerlike feel for Redding for the next two days, as temperatures continue to flirt with 100.
Tomorrow – Hot, High 101, Low 59
Tuesday – Hot, High 101, Low 57

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly sunny. Very hot. High 103, Low 60
Tuesday – Sunny. High 101, Low 61

AW: Tomorrow – Hot with the temperature tying the record from 2009 with abundant sunshine High 101, Low 59
Tuesday – Sizzling sunshine and hot High 97, Low 54

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny and hot High 102, Low 63
Tuesday – Sunny and hot, High 100, Low 64

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, Unseasonably hot, High 100, Low 63
Tuesday – Sunny, High 98, Low 63

So wait, the abundant sunshine currently holds the temperature? Is 101 hotter than that? I may have read Accuweather’s forecast incorrectly.