Articles From : Daniel Swain
There's some beneficial North Coast rain this weekend, though wind-related fire weather concerns elsewhere, plus thoughts about the rainy season to come.
A summer of unrelenting heat (if you're inland or at elevation) or of...quite mild conditions, if you're along the coast It was a Tale of Two Summers this year in California.
Another major heatwave is heading for the Pacific Northwest and interior Northern California with rising fire weather concerns due to heat, then possible lightning and wind.
Major monsoonal moisture surge to bring fairly widespread California thunderstorms (wetter south, drier north), with NorCal fire weather concerns.
A dry lightning event is possible across areas of California on Sunday and Monday, while significant fire weather is of concern across the interior.
California dodged the worst of the historic Pacific Northwest heatwave the past few weeks, but a long-duration heatwave is still likely inland, plus a significant monsoonal surge next week?
The last couple of weeks have featured rather comfortable conditions across much of California, with near-average temperatures along the immediate coast due to chilly near-shore ocean temperatures and a robust marine layer.
California is descending deeper into drought with a "Drought Emergency" declared in NorCal with cooler temperatures and a robust marine layer offering temporary relief.
This weekend calls for some modest April showers, but the overall trajectory toward worsening drought continues.