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Storm Tracker Forecast: Hazardous air quality continues but winds next week could improve air quality

It was another day of widespread smoke over California and most of the West Coast as numerous large fires continue to burn, and very little wind has been blowing lately to push it elsewhere. Strong wind next week should help move the smoke out but will also increase fire danger.

Posted: Sep 12, 2020 6:50 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2020 6:50 PM

Unhealthy to hazardous air quality continues across our region and will likely be the same tomorrow as winds remain relatively light. Tomorrow we should reach the upper-80s to low-90s in the valley. A RED FLAG WARNING will be in place in Siskiyou & Modoc counties Sunday for strong winds and low humidity.

A system will come in off the coast and linger in the Pacific for several days (Sunday-Wednesday). It will eventually move inland Thursday-Saturday.

This system will bring cooler weather, with daily highs dropping a little each day it is near us. By Friday highs will barely be in the 80s in the valley.

It will bring more humidity into the region, which will help with ongoing fires and new fire starts. And a few showers might, I emphasize might, be possible in our northern mountain regions. The coast will likely see a few of those showers.

But conversely, the system will bring strong winds on-shore. This will help us cool down but will also increase fire danger. Strong winds from the south and west will possible leading to faster spreading of new and existing fires. They're expected to be strongest on Monday. Winds sustained 15-20 mph in the valley and 20-25 mph in the foothills and mountains with wind gusts up to 35 mph possible. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued in the Sierra-Cascades foothills and mountains for this high fire danger threat on Monday.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 893364

Reported Deaths: 17256
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2940656956
Riverside653861279
San Bernardino615501070
Orange578481434
San Diego53498866
Kern33630415
Fresno30328430
Sacramento24957480
Santa Clara23679385
Alameda23001456
San Joaquin21473488
Contra Costa18342240
Stanislaus17455395
Tulare17365282
Ventura14050160
Imperial12668336
San Francisco12000138
Monterey1122586
San Mateo10961157
Santa Barbara9688119
Merced9415154
Sonoma9099134
Kings818683
Solano724974
Marin7038128
Madera494574
San Luis Obispo409232
Placer405257
Yolo311958
Butte304151
Santa Cruz274425
Napa191815
Shasta183930
Sutter183012
San Benito141915
El Dorado13064
Yuba128810
Mendocino111821
Tehama8248
Lassen7641
Lake67815
Glenn6493
Nevada6018
Humboldt5619
Colusa5496
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2584
Inyo22015
Siskiyou1870
Mono1762
Del Norte1751
Mariposa782
Plumas630
Modoc280
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 79°
Oroville
Clear
78° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 78°
Paradise
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 79°
Chester
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 59°
Red Bluff
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 81°
Willows
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 79°
Winds will not be as strong today, but the Red Flag Warning for high fire danger will continue through 5pm. Pleasant conditions are ahead for your Saturday, but then a more substantial wind event will bring extreme fire danger back into our forecast from Sunday through Monday.
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