DRY WITH SOME PATCHY MORNING FOG
Rain fell across Kern County and much of California on Friday. As much as .73" was measured in Wofford Heights, with Alta Sierra right behind at .72". Most of the meaningful precipitation fell in the Kern River Valley. Kernville reported .44". But the Tehachapi area also saw between .10" and .21". In the South Valley rainfall was significantly lighter. At Meadows Field only .01" was received. Other reports ranged from .12" in Southwest Bakersfield to .10" in Arvin. Downtown, KBAK only got a trace.
Clouds hung tight all day with northwesterly flow causing the "pile-up" effect. A Dense Fog Advisory was issued for the northwest facing slopes of the Tehachapi mountains when visibility was reduced to less than 500 feet. The CHP was pacing cars on the Grapevine through 4:35 PM Friday afternoon. In Tehachapi visibility was reduced to only about 100 feet for a time around 5:30 PM. But improving conditions are anticipated through the nighttime hours for mountain locations. Drier air will move in and the fog should lift.
On the South Valley floor skies will be clearing from the northwest. Lingering clouds along the east and south side of the valley should gradually dissipate with the introduction of drier air. However, I am concerned that patchy areas of locally dense fog appear more likely in the Bakersfield vicinity, in addition to outlying areas through mid morning on Saturday. There could easily be a repeat of morning fog Sunday. I believe that will be the primary weather issue through the upcoming 10 days.
Temperatures are forecast to be seasonably cool this weekend in the mid to upper 60s. But a large ridge of high pressure is set to be stationed right over California through all of next week. Temperatures will rise into the 70s next week. Thanksgiving Day will be mostly sunny with South Valley highs near 76°. Even mountain towns will see highs into the low 70s by then. The only downside, other than no rainfall for us, will be worsening air quality. Likely we will see poor air quality by Tuesday (if not sooner) with upper level ridging.
Finally, the JPSS-1 polar orbiting weather satellite is scheduled to be launched tonight at 1:47 AM. It should be mostly clear in the South Valley. Look to the southwest for the 4-minute ascent to orbit as the bright orange tail of fire should be visible. There have been multiple delays with this launch for a variety of reasons. Hopefully tonight is their lucky night.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- November 17, 2017 7:06 PM
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