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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Aside from the haze and smoke, we've had beautiful weather in northern California today, and it will be just as nice tomorrow. A storm is coming our way, however, and we'll have very unsettled weather this weekend.
The smoke and haze remained in place over northern California on Wednesday, but it was cooler and much more seasonable. The weather pattern is changing soon, and that will mean very different weather for us within days.
Tuesday has been a hazy and hotter day for northern California with more unhealthy air quality. We've reached the peak of our heating for this week, and many changes are coming to our weather through next week.
Clear sky continues above the haze and smoke of northern California, and Tuesday will be hotter than today. Just as it looked last week, a change to our weather pattern is ahead, and that will last through this weekend.
Our pleasant, much-needed, uncommon September rain has ended, and the lingering activity near the Oregon border will end around sunset. The Red Flag Warning due to continued gusty wind over the Sierra will expire at 11PM.
The clouds are building over northern California as a storm system approaches from the Pacific Ocean. We can expect increasing clouds tonight with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms through sunrise Friday.
The smoke has pushed back into the valley and the air quality has worsened in northern California. A trough will arrive Thursday, bringing windier weather, a few light showers, isolated thunderstorms and higher fire danger.
Northern California's weather heated up even more today as the air quality stayed relatively good in the valley. The Heat Advisory continues, and we can expect more smoke to push into the valley beginning tonight.
It's been a hot Labor Day for northern California, and more hot weather is coming this week. A Heat Advisory will go into effect Tuesday afternoon. A wind shift will also push more smoke into the valley and foothills later this week.
Although we have sunshine above, the haze and smoke settled over most of northern California as expected. This will be the case for Labor Day weekend... haze and smoke at times, some blue sky, but not crystal-clear weather.