This report last updated
Monday, March 02, 2015 07:10 AM
This morning is starting out partly to mostly cloudy as a weak weather system passes through our region. The current consensus is that the majority of the energy with this system will remain along the coastline as it drops south and stretches out. There are some light radar echoes over Northern California, but no measurable precipitation has fallen so far near Butte County. Temperatures are running about 1° cooler than 24 hours ago at this weather station.
Today should see a mix of clouds and sun, and a 30% chance of rain showers through about mid-morning, increasing to a 35% chance by mid-morning into late afternoon as the main area of the wave dropping south passes through our area. Precipitation odds drop back to a 15% chance by late afternoon into tonight. Those odds drop to a 5% chance by late tonight and a 0% chance by early Tuesday morning as a ridge of high pressure builds into the west coast. Magalia is predicted to see less than 0.05" of rainfall today, if any falls at all. Temperatures this afternoon are expected to only reach the lower 50°s, but will be somewhat dependant on the amount of cloud cover we experience. The low temperature tonight is forecast to drop to near 39°. Any mention of thunderstorm activity in the forecast has been removed, and may be restricted to areas closer to the coast. Winds are expected to be generally out of the southeast at 5-6 mph later this morning into the afternoon, becoming light and variable tonight.
Tuesday looks to be a transitional day as high pressure builds back into the region and brings about fair and dry weather through about next Monday. The afternoon high temperature on Tuesday is forecast at 57°, and looks as though temperatures will peak on Saturday where the current forecast of a high near 70° is predicted. Another weaker weather system is forecast to pass through our region on Wednesday and is only expected to slow down the warming trend and not drop any rainfall. The current forecast model has a slight chance of rain next Tuesday, but will increase as the week wears on. Let's hope next weeks precipitation is the beginning of a new "March Miracle". Have a great Monday. Bob