WeatherWatcher: Drying out and cold for a week

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Frosty Morning
Photo by Carl Dinse

Colder and drier air is moving into the area as the main jet stream moves south into California this week. Monday through Friday we are expecting mostly sunny afternoons with highs in the low to mid 40's and clear nights with lows in the upper 20's to low 30's. There may be areas of fog in the overnight hours all week as well.

Later half of the week the lows will be slightly warmer, near 30°F for a low. Next weekend, some weak weather systems will approach, warming temperatures up a bit and renewing a chance of rain showers for both Saturday and Sunday.

November in review: November was warmer and drier than normal this year. Average temperature this November was 45.9°F whereas the normal for November is 43.7°F. We had a total rainfall of 4.37 inches, compared to the normal of 6.63 inches of rain. Our first four days of the month were pretty windy, with gusts exceeding 30mph each of the first four days.

I've included graphs for the month of November below:

With our moderate El NiƱo and warm phased Pacific Decadal Oscillation I'm expecting the drier and warmer than normal trend to continue for the month of December as well with very slim chances for any lowland snow events.

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