Jason Stiff is the Chief Meteorologist for Action News Now. Jason's interest in weather began when he was young, and he loves forecasting the weather for northern California. He considers forecasting the weather an important, exciting, and fun responsibility.
Jason was born and raised in Montana and has always loved living and working in the western United States. Before moving to California, Jason worked in Utah, Idaho, Washington, and New Mexico. Jason earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2005, and the original AMS Seal of Approval in 1998.
Jason earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in meteorology from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate, he also worked for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City for four years.
When he isn't busy forecasting the weather, Jason loves to watch and play sports (especially golf, basketball & football). He's also a big fan of movies, music, and staying in shape.
If it's a clear night, you might see him looking up at the sky...not in search of storms, but looking at the stars and planets. Astronomy ranks close behind meteorology in Jason`s book. He also loves to share his interest in weather and the importance of science education with students and other groups.
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Friday was a quieter weather day for much of northern California with a wide range of temperatures from morning to afternoon, and wind that wasn't quite as strong. Saturday will also be quiet, but much higher fire danger returns Sunday.
The weather story for northern California today has been a combination of much stronger wind and cooler air, and our fire danger remains high. A Red Flag Warning continues through Friday afternoon, and subfreezing lows will occur in the mountains tonight.
Although temperatures cooled over northern California today, we were still well above average this afternoon. Changes to our weather arrive tonight, from more fire weather and wind to more warnings for subfreezing overnight lows.
Tuesday was another sunny and unseasonably warm to hot day for much of northern California. It was much like Monday, except the wind was stronger, and the wind will be much stronger through much of the next week.
Northern California continues to receive warmer than average weather for October, and more fire danger is ahead. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from late tonight through at least Wednesday due to gusty wind and dry, warm weather.
It felt like the end of a summer week rather than an autumn week around northern California today, and we haven't seen the end of the heat yet. Although it won't be as hot going forward, we still have a toasty weekend ahead.
The wind, heat and sunshine continue for northern California on this Thursday and the fire danger remains extreme for many areas. Fortunately the wind will weaken Friday and Saturday, but the heat will remain as well.
It may be the middle of October, but it feels more like July or August in northern California with well-above-average temperatures, strong wind and increased fire danger. Unfortunately the higher fire danger will continue through Friday.
More "Chamber of Commerce" weather for northern California today with sunshine, blue sky and warm temperatures! The sunshine and warmth will continue, but unfortunately the wind will strengthen and our fire danger will increase greatly.
For the first time in months, most of northern California has good air quality and a mostly blue sky. That mostly clear to clear sky will continue, but it will get hotter and windier with more fire danger going forward.
Data is updated nightly.
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