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Nocturnal lightning

I’ve been watching the weather (well I always do that) for almost a week now. By reading forecasts, studying weather models and in general watching the sky a little more closely.  First the heat wave that was not really a barn burner -not in Santa Rosa anyway- which then left everyone freezing by Saturday night as a colossal push of marine air filtered through the coastal gap.  Then the fire weather watches that were posted by the National Weather Service… Read More »

What’s Average? Not the Rainfall

All day I’ve faced the barren waste  With out the taste of water… cool, water. Ole Dan and I, with throats burned dry, and souls that cry  for water… cool, clear water. Vaughn Monroe/ Sons of the Pioneers – COOL WATER (1948)  RCA Victor Records It was bound to happen you know, we got off to a good start for the water year (July 1 through June 30)  In October 2012, Santa Rosa received 1.48 inches of rain, fairly normal for… Read More »

Excessive Heat Watch

The last breath of summer?  Maybe.  Whatever the case, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected.  The area of the watch includes the interior of the North Bay Valleys and mountains, which means Sonoma County and portions of the greater  Bay Area.  Santa Rosa is expected to top out near 89 degrees on Saturday and 94 both Sunday and Monday.  You would have to go back… Read More »

Red Flag Warning

Ready for this?  The moisture laden remnants of  an Eastern Pacific tropical system is being funneled north and will interact with a low pressure trough off the West Coast.  According to a National Weather Service advisory, some of the storms will include dry lightning strikes which elevates the fire danger to critical levels.  Sonoma County is not included in the fire weather warnings, but an advisory is in place for our area.  Lake County and portions of Napa County are… Read More »

Fire Weather Watch

As has been the case most of the 2012 spring, the wind is back with warm temperatures and low relative humidity.  After last weeks wind event, everything is pretty much dried out.  Coupled with the warm temperatures and winds for this weekend the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch.  That link is here.  Obviously fire officials are urging caution in the wake of the latest weather.  Don’t be surprised if these watches turn in to red flag… Read More »

Red Flag Warning

The firefighting community knew it was inevitable.  With several days of wind, dry brush and a scant amount of rain The National Weather Service has posted a red flag warning for the North and East Bay hills tonight through Sunday morning June 10, 2012.  That means the winds will be out of the east, temperatures will be on the rise and humidities will drop to less than 10 percent, early Sunday above 1,000 feet.  Of course we all feel the… Read More »

Check this out

The weather geek that I am, I was scrolling through my usual sites this evening landing on the watch and warning page for the National Weather Service which looks like a roadmap of ice.  Take a look at this link.  I don’t think Punxsutawney Phil is going to be seeing his shadow anytime soon.  Brrrr.  Meanwhile, expect 70′s for us by the weekend. -Kent Porter

Thermal belt

We’re lucky down here in the flats.  Even though the last few days have been rather toasty, it cools off nicely at night.  Not so for those that live in the hills.  The  low at the Geysers this morning was 81 degrees with a relative humidity of 15%.  In fact, most of the Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) aligned with the higher elevations were in the Mid 70′s overnight. This is quite commonly called a Thermal Belt. Seems a little… Read More »

What was the low temperature last night?

Pretty warm yesterday, right?  Yes, 106 degrees is on the extreme for Santa Rosa. Just to give some insight of how warm our mountains are, one just needs to look at the RAWS system around our the area. At Hawkeye  near the Geysers, the low overnight was 88.  Hopland, near the grade, was 79, it actually warmed up to 85 at 5 A.M.  Mt. Konocti tuned in at 77 for a low.  High Glade in the Mendocino National Forest at… Read More »

Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has updated their Excessive Heat Watch to a Heat Advisory for the North Bay interior valleys for this Monday afternoon thru 8pm PST Tuesday. Stay Hydrated! -Kent Porter