Feb 8, 2016 10:05 PM by Kris Kuyper
Record warmth to start our week! Temperatures will cool back down to near normal by the end of this week, but not tomorrow... Tuesday looks toasty!
Strong high pressure continues to dominate the west coast, leading to plenty of sunshine, and record high temperatures around the North State today. Redding led the way with a high of 82, and Red Bluff hit 81, both records. Both Chico and Paradise saw 79, also records for the date. Tomorrow may be a little cooler, but not much: more record warmth is possible again! Jarbo Gap winds were strong on the Ridge last night, both through the Feather River Canyon and Little Butte Creek Canyon, and should be just as strong tonight! They'll subside around noon tomorrow.
High pressure will weaken by the end of the week, and that will lead to cooler temperatures and high clouds moving through later this week. A weak storm will try to bring us a few showers early Saturday morning, but it doesn't look like much. High temperatures will be much closer to average for mid-February by this weekend, however.
Long range models are hinting at something stronger by the end of next week, and the end of the month as well, but overall February is looking fairly dry. That's not terribly uncommon in wet winters, however, and March is still climatologically a very wet month for us. Long range models are suggesting more substantial rain will return then as well.