Dec 30, 2013 3:07 PM by Dave Hovde
The jet stream is steering storms well north of us and high surface pressure over The West keeps morning offshore flow in play which produces generally clear skies and warm daily highs (though overnight lows are on the cool side). 30s and 40s overnight with some interior valley locations dropping into the 20s before a recovery into the 60s and 70s at beaches with some mid-70s for coastal valleys. Some high clouds will perhaps introduce a few degrees of cooling Tuesday before warming Wednesday and Thursday.
A concern with offfshore flow in a drought is the low relative humidities produce continue to produce a continuing fire risk.
Onshore flow returns to close the week with cooler temps and higher relative humidity which will hold thru the weekend with no rain until the middle to later portion of next week when models become more optimistic, but as it is near the end of the run we'll have to keep looking at it before getting too excited.
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