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Storm Tracker Forecast: Extreme fire danger Tuesday

High fire danger is in the forecast all day thanks to gusty winds and dry conditions. Air quality will remain reduced thanks to wildfire smoke.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 6:19 AM

Today is going to be windy & dry which means high fire danger. A smoky haze will also remain for the forseeable future.

A low pressure system from Canada slid south into Utah. This is what us meteorologists refer to as an inside slider system. High pressure will be pushed to our west due to this inside slider. This will cause a very sharp surface pressure gradient along the Sierra Nevada. This means pressure will drop rapidly the farther east you are. This sharp change in pressure will bring very strong north to east downslope winds into our region. Wind gusts could get up to 30 mph in the valley and top off at 50 mph in the foothill & mountain regions, especially in canyons and along ridgelines such as in Jarbo Gap. The windiest time will be this afternoon. Downslope winds are also very dry, with daytime humidity across the region expected to fall between 5 and 15%. The windy, dry weather has causeed a RED FLAG WARNING to be issued for today through Wednesday morning.

Yesterday record highs were broken again but today we are much cooler with many only reaching the low-90s this afternoon. We'll keep this cooler weather the next few days.

We'll warm up slightly Thursday-Saturday, with some possibly back into the upper-90s, but Sunday and Monday cool back down with another low-pressure system nearing the regions. Valley highs on Monday may stay in the upper-80s.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1185576

Reported Deaths: 19089
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3877937604
San Bernardino902221129
Riverside857741437
San Diego76359996
Orange750951577
Kern40337448
Fresno37724481
Sacramento35854566
Santa Clara32985476
Alameda28857505
San Joaquin25738502
Contra Costa23571261
Stanislaus21460424
Tulare20649308
Ventura19058175
Imperial15862356
San Francisco15156160
Monterey14750116
San Mateo13715170
Sonoma11922157
Merced11537179
Santa Barbara11277135
Kings1047587
Solano1003681
Marin7628129
Placer635468
Madera604785
San Luis Obispo596435
Shasta471847
Yolo462675
Santa Cruz426928
Butte389459
Sutter314415
Napa298817
El Dorado22174
Yuba198110
San Benito183716
Lassen17733
Tehama161225
Mendocino148522
Nevada11849
Tuolumne9088
Glenn8928
Lake89019
Humboldt8509
Colusa6946
Siskiyou6242
Mono5273
Amador52016
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3131
Inyo29016
Plumas2050
Trinity1390
Mariposa1282
Modoc1250
Alpine470
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 37°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 60° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 42°
Paradise
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 50° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 18°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 66° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 31°
Willows
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
The final Friday of November was a beautiful one for northern California with plentiful sunshine, warmer than average temperatures and weaker wind. We can expect plenty of sunshine and continued mild weather this weekend.
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