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 •  • ******GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.******A UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL APPROACH THE AREA TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY BRINGING BREEZY AND GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS ALONG WITH LOW HUMIDITIES......SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. HUMIDITIES WILL BE HIGHER IN THE BURNEY BASIN AND LASSEN FOREST ON WEDNESDAY WITH PRECPITATION POSSIBLE BY WEDNESDAY EVENING.......GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER HUMIDITIES EXPECTED ON THURSDAY.******A RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TUESDAY TO 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 214...221...268 AND 269...******THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TUESDAY TO 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY.****** AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 214 BURNEY BASIN AND NORTHEAST PLATEAU IN SHASTA COUNTY INCLUDING NORTHWEST LASSEN NF NORTH OF LASSEN NP...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 221 STANISLAUS NF WEST OF THE SIERRA CREST...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 268 NORTHERN SIERRA INCLUDING LASSEN NP AND PLUMAS AND LASSEN NF/S WEST OF THE SIERRA CREST (WEST OF EVANS PEAK-GRIZZLY PEAK-BECKWORTH PEAK) AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 269 NORTHERN SIERRA INCLUDING THE TAHOE AND ELDORADO NF/S WEST OF THE SIERRA CREST.......* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 12 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH... ...* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 15-25 PERCENT.......* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES ON CRITICALLY DRY FUELS WILL PROVIDE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR POSSIBLE RAPID FIRE SPREAD.******PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY.......A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.******Here is today's Weather Discussion: The high pressure area is beginning to weaken and move eastward.........Today and Tuesday Northern California will be partly to mostly sunny with a few mid and high clouds from storms moving by to our north........Temperatures will be cooling and will be below normal by Tuesday.......Light to moderate south to southwest winds will occurin the afternoon with gusts 20 to 25 mph in some areas........Clouds will begin increasing along the coast late Tuesday afternoon........Wednesday a low pressure trough and frontal system will be approaching the coast.......This will be a slow moving system with rain on the coast and coastal mountains by early Wednesday....However, it will be Wednesday evening before the precipitation reaches the valley........Wednesday night and Thursday all of the north state will have light rain or showers........The low will move very slowly eastward and Friday and most of Saturday we will have partly cloudy skies with scattered showers........Strong gusty south to southwest winds will occur Wednesday afternoon........The coast and northern Mendocino, Trinity, and western Siskiyou counties will receive around 1 inch of precipitation with lighter amounts as you move inland........The low should be east of our area by Sunday and high pressure will be rebuilding over and along the west coast.......Normal high and low temperatures for this week Sept 23-Sept 29 (high/low):...Redding/Red Bluff 90/56, Chico 87/52, Quincy 79/35, Chester 75/36, Susanville 75/41, Grass Valley 80/48, Weaverville 84/39, Mt. Shasta 75/42, Yreka 79/43, Alturas 76/34.****The weather discussion is provided courtesy of Chris Fontana, aka "The Old Forecaster".....Chris is a retired National Weather Service meterologist who specialized in fire weather forecasting in Northern California for over 30 years!......He posts daily weather discussions on his website, The Northern California Weather Blog.****Autumnal Equinox**** Under the astronomical calendar, today is the autumnal equinox. The Sun crosses the equator from north to south, marking the start of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere. Over the next three months the Sun will move even farther south, bringing shorter, cooler days to the northern hemisphere.******  • 
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Summary / Temperature Wind Rain/Melted Snow Cloud Level
clear, Dry

53.6°F Colder 3.9°F than last hour.
Currently 53.6, Max: 76.8, Min: 43.3

Feels like:
Temp rate:
24-hrs ago:
24-hr diff:
-1.2°FColder 1.2°F than yesterday at this time.
Temp: Today Yesterday
High: 76.8°F
Low: 43.3°F
NWS: High Low
Normal: 66.2°F 33.8°F
Record: 89.6°F 21.2°F
Year: 1997 1986
 Calm SSE
Gust: 0.0
0 Bft - Calm
60-Min Avg: Calm
120-Min Avg: Calm
Max Gust: 8.0 mph 3:50pm
Month: 18.0 mph Sep 17
Today: 0.00 in
Yesterday: 0.00 in
2:45 AM
September: 0.00 in
Last 7 Days: 0.00 in
Rain Season:1 1.12 in
Rain Days: 54 in 2014
46 days since last rain.
Barometer ( inHg) Humidity/Dew Point Moon
Barometer: 29.760 inHg Falling 0.02 °F/hr
1-Hr Trend: Falling slowly
3-Hr Trend: Falling
High: 29.906  | Low:  29.743
Humidity: 51 %  
Humidex: 50.7°F
Dew Point: 35.9°F Decreased 3.6°F since last hour.
Wetbulb: 45.9°F
Waning Crescent
Waning Crescent, Moon at 28 days in cycle
UV Forecast Last Hour Difference
23 Sep 2014   High   7.4   
24 Sep 2014   High   7.1   
25 Sep 2014   High   6.2   
Temperature: -3.9
Humidity: 0
Barometer: -0.021
Wind Chill Heating Degree Days Sun
Current: 53.6°F
Today: 43.3°F  at 7:41am
Yesterday: 52.8°F
Last Week: 49.9°F
Record: -9.0°F   13-Jan-2013
Today: 11.8
September: 68.4
2014 to Date: 3140.5
Cooling Degree Days
2014 to Date: 252.5
Daylight: Possible hours of Daylight
:53 Min
Almanac Snow3 Station All Time Records Fire Risk
Sunrise: 6:53am
Sunset: 7:01pm
Moonrise: 6:21am
Moonset: 6:07pm
Full Moon: 9 September 2014
New Moon: 06:14 UTC 24 September 2014
Current: Moon age: 28 days,14 hours,54 minutes,1%
Today: 0.00 in
Yesterday: 0.00 in
September: 0.00 in
Season Total:2 0.00 in
Snow Depth: 0.00 in
0 snow day in September
0 snow day in all 2014.
Outside Now
Air Density: 1.228 kg/m3
Cloud Height: 8582 ft
Day Time Records
    81.1 F on: Jul 03 2013   13.1F on: Jan 13 2013
Night Time Records
  72.5F on: Jul 11 2014 1.6F on: Jan 13 2013
ICN:1 ISS:Ok CON:4.2 RCP:98%
Chandler Burning Index
Chandler Burning Index: LOW
16.0 at 11:15 PM
1 Rain season: July 1st to June 30th.    2 Snow season July 1st to June 30th.    3 Snow manually measured
Chester, CA Forecast en Español
 NWS Weather Forecast  -   Overnight's and Tuesday's Outlook

Mostly Clear
Lo 45 °F
NWS forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
Local station forecast: Mostly cloudy and cooler. precipitation likely. windy with possible wind shift to the w, nw, or n.

Mostly Sunny
Hi 77 °F
NWS forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming south 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
 NWS Short Term Weather Forecast

Mostly Sunny
Hi 77 °F

Mostly Clear
Lo 45 °F

Mostly Sunny
Hi 76 °F

Chance Rain. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Lo 42 °F

Rain Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Hi 61 °F

Chance Showers. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Lo 32 °F

Chance Showers
Hi 66 °F

Chance Showers
Lo 36 °F

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Today's Weather Story

Low pressure system in the eastern Pacific will bring cooler, wet weather to Interior Northern California beyond midweek. Ahead of the storm, breezy conditions and low humidity Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday evening will increase the potential for fires to develop and spread rapidly. Precipitation potential for Interior Northern California increases in the Coastal mountains Wednesday, spreading over much of the forecast area into Thursday. Scattered showers and mountain thunderstorms possible Friday.

During the autumn (autumnal) and spring (vernal) equinoxes, the sun's rays are directly over the equator. Equinox means "equal night" and day and night are about equal all over the world. Due to the tilt of the earth's axis, the sun's rays are more directly over the Southern Hemisphere in the autumn (fall) and winter seasons, and directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at the time of the Winter Solstice, which is December 21st at 3:03 PM PST this year. Because Sacramento, CA lies about 38 degrees north of the equator, September 25th and 26th are actually closest to equal days/equal nights in Sacramento.

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Flash flood threat continues across parts of New Mexico and Texas

Tropical moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Odile will continue to bring a threat of flash flooding on Monday across parts of southeastern New Mexico and southwest Texas. Rainfall rates of one inch per hour or more are possible in some locations. Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect across the region.

The heavy rainfall over the southern Rockies--largely fueled by the remnant moisture from long-since spun-down tropical cyclone Odile--is expected to slowly subside as upper level energy moving through the northern Plains lures its moisture piecemeal to the northeast into the central Plains, causing thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain tonight and Tuesday night.

A vigorous autumnal storm bears down on the Pacific Northwest late Tuesday into Wednesday, bringing an end to the Pacific Northwest's sunny conditions and breeze conditions on Tuesday in advance of its cold front. Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will surge inland Tuesday night into Wednesday morning before slowly subsiding thereafter. The highest winds from the system should remain offshore the Pacific Northwest and along the coast of western British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

Florida and the immediate southeast coast will be wet as a weak wave of low pressure and its attendant coastal trough focuses thunderstorms with potentially heavy rainfall to the east of a bundle of upper level energy sliding into Georgia and the Carolinas.

Elsewhere, the Great Lakes, Ohio River valley, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic states will be seasonably cool under the aegis of strong high pressure with crisp mornings -- freezing temperatures are expected in New England -- and cool to mild afternoons expected through Wednesday. High sea level pressure records for the month of September could be tied or broken across portions of New England on Wednesday morning.

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NOTE: The HPC National Forecast Map above, provides an overview of today’s national weather with an emphasis on certain hazardous and significant weather. It summarizes forecasts from several NCEP Service Centers including the Storm Prediction Center (for severe thunderstorm and tornado outlooks), the National Hurricane Center (for tropical storm and hurricane forecasts), and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (for information concerning heavy rainfall, flooding, winter weather, and general weather). With an overlaid frontal forecast, this display serves as a great overview of the weather for the current day! The National Forecast Map is prepared twice daily at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.

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Weather History for September 22
1890 - A severe hailstorm struck Strawberry, AZ. Fives days after the storm hail still lay in drifts 12 to 18 inches deep. (The Weather Channel)

1913 - Des Moines, IA, experienced their earliest freeze of record. (The Weather Channel)

1961 - Hurricane Esther made a near complete circle south of Cape Cod. The hurricane then passed over Cape Cod and hit Maine. Its energy was largely spent over the North Atlantic Ocean, however, heavy rains over Maine resulted in widespread local flooding of cellars, low roads, and underpasses. (David Ludlum)

1983 - Forty-one cities reported record cold temperatures during the morning. Houston, TX, hit 50 degrees, and Williston ND plunged to 19 degrees. (The Weather Channel)

1987 - Hurricane Emily, the first hurricane to roam the Carribean in nearly six years, made landfall over the Dominican Republic late in the day, packing 125 mph winds. Emily killed three persons and caused thirty million dollars damage. A record high of 92 degrees at Miami FL was their fifth in a row. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

1988 - An early morning thunderstorm produced baseball size hail at Plainview, in Hale County TX. Late in the evening more thunderstorms in the Southern High Plains Region produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Plainview TX and Crosby TX. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

1989 - Hurricane Hugo quickly lost strength over South Carolina, but still was a tropical storm as it crossed into North Carolina, just west of Charlotte, at about 7 AM. Winds around Charlotte reached 69 mph, with gusts to 99 mph. Eighty percent of the power was knocked out to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Property damage in North Carolina was 210 million dollars, and damage to crops was 97 million dollars. The strongest storm surge occurred along the southern coast shortly after midnight, reaching nine feet above sea level at ocean Isle and Sunset Beach. Hugo killed one person and injured fifteen others in North Carolina. Strong northwesterly winds ushered unseasonably cold air into the north central U.S., in time for the official start of autumn, at 8" 20 PM (CDT). Squalls produced light snow in northern Wisconsin. Winds in Wisconsin gusted to 52 mph at Rhinelander. (Storm Data) (The Nati

2005 - For the first time in the historical record, two hurricanes reached category-5 intensity in the Gulf of Mexico in a single season as Hurricane Rita intensified before making landfall (Katrina and Rita).

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