Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 07:28 AM
Unseasonably warm weather here in Magalia as strong high pressure over the whole west coast brings Spring-like temperatures to the region. Monday saw a high temperature at this weather station of 73°. Normal for this time of year is about 55°. The low temperature was 53°. Winds were gusty at times on Monday, with a peak gust of 10 mph at this location. There was a 57 mph wind gust at Jarbo Gap.
This morning has seen the wind here in Magalia decrease and with less wind the temperatures have been running about 4° to 5° warmer than 24 hours ago. The low temperature so far has been 50°. Winds overnight have been averaging about 1-2 mph, and a peak gust of 4 mph.
Today should see mostly sunny skies and continued unseasonably warm temperatures. The afternoon high temperature today is projected to reach about 70°. The low tonight is expected to drop to about 45°. Winds are expected to be out of the northeast this morning, becoming southwesterly this afternoon at about 3-5 mph. We are at 2.95" above-normal rainfall for the season as of this morning.
Wednesday into the weekend should see a continued cooling trend as the offshore flow and ridge of high pressure weakens in response to an approaching trough of low pressure and the ridge axis shifting to our east. The afternoon high on Wednesday is predicted at 67°. The high by Saturday is expected to be near 60°, which still is above normal. The offshore trough may bring a chance of some rain over the far northern areas of the state, with only a 15% chance in Magalia about Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning. There is a 10% chance of precipitation in Magalia from mid-morning Saturday through late Sunday afternoon. Odds drop back to a 5% chance late Sunday afternoon, continuing into Monday. Forecast models have been rather consistent in bringing a more vigorous and colder weather system into Magalia by about Wednesday into Thursday of next week, and another late in the following weekend. Don't write off the El Nino yet. It is forecast to remain in the game through much of the Spring. Have a great Tuesday. Bob