A SPRING PREVIEW WITH NEAR RECORD TEMPERATURES
Our weather has been fantastic! Certainly, we continue to be in desperate need for more rain during our only opportunity to replenish drought-depleted water storage throughout the state. But for outdoor activity it has been delightful. Massive upper level high pressure is stationed over the western US with brutally cold weather sinking southeast into the rest of the country east of the Rockies. Also, a big low pressure system is spinning far out in the Pacific. High pressure resides in between those two systems. Record high temperatures into the 80s and even 90s will be reported for the next two days. Skies are clear, except for some late night and early morning patchy dense fog in the central valley. But most of that has been to our northwest.
Santa Ana winds have blown into the LA area with late Spring readings from southern California up along the central California coastline into the Bay area. For Kern County, we've seen highs into the mid 70s for the south valley today, with 60s in the mountains and 70s for the desert and the Lake Isabella area. The record high for Bakersfield on Tuesday is 77, which is my forecast. Southeasterly winds will begin to diminish and I believe we could see the hazy skies from over this past weekend return by Tuesday and Wednesday. Still, temperatures should be extremely pleasant for early February. A weak disturbance will push through on Saturday with cooler weather and highs in the upper 60s.
But any chance for rain with that feature has been removed from the forecast. Thereafter, upper level high pressure re-emerges- nearly as strong with highs back into the 70s under sunny skies. Finally, a change in the weather pattern is looming for the end of the 10-day forecast period by the middle of next week. Computer models are indicating a region of semi-tropical moisture lurking off the Baja peninsula and into the eastern Pacific. A low pressure circulation is foreseen sending that moisture north into California by a week from Wednesday and Thursday. Some light shower activity would be possible with it.
Medium to long range models are persistent in their prediction for a return to El Nino class rain events by the last week of February. Until then, enjoy our very nice weather- the envy of the rest of the nation.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO, February 8, 2016, 6:38 pm
Today's Record Temperatures