A revamped Weather West

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First, I just wanted to thank everyone for sticking with the site through this period of transition! The extended downtime was frustrating for me as well, but ultimately the changes that have been implemented will make the site easier to maintain and navigate.

As many of you have already noticed, the URL of the California Weather Blog has changed from http://www.weatherwest.com/current_weather to http://www.weatherwest.com . All Weather West content will now be accessible from the blog on the main page, and this change should make Weather West easier to find in web searches. If you have not done so already, please update your bookmarks!

I am pleased to introduce a brand new Weather and Climate Links page (accessible using the tab near the blog header). This page will be a work in progress, but is eventually intended to serve as a comprehensive directory of all things California weather (and geophysical!)-related. Please check it out!

Moving forward, I plan to update the site less frequently but hopefully more comprehensively than in the past. I will no longer provide updates for every storm or pattern of interest affecting California, but will instead try to focus on the really big or unusual events that occur or are anticipated to occur in the near future. For day-to-day weather events, I’ll be more likely to make brief posts in the Comments section to keep things up-to-date when possible.

Finally, as the site has lost a great deal of traffic during the transition and since it is possible that some longtime users were lost in the flurry of server errors, please feel free to promote the new Weather West when and where appropriate. I truly appreciate your help!

  • David

    am still here and all ways well be

  • redlands

    Was 105 in Redlands, Ca today 8/17/11 — i think it could of gotten a bit hotter but cloud cover kept temps from going higher

  • Nicholas

    I hear a lot of rumblings that this winter might stack up to another 1998-1999 or 2001-2002 style season. With the way the water temps and PDO are at the moment. I feel another early start is likely as well. One interesting thing to note is that for LA and San Diego years where October has had above average rainfall the winter has always been above average.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      2001-02 was definitely a neutral ENSO winter, but it featured a very zonal jet stream flow pattern that dominated the period from 1998-1999 (moderate La Nina) to 2001-02, in which winters back east and in the Midwest were incredibly mild (often referred to as blowtorches on weather forums), except for 2000-2001, which was colder and more amplified. The last couple of winters (actually the entire year) have been very amplified jet stream-wise and much more active and colder than those mentioned above. Like I mentioned in another post above, if the pattern remains amplified, I believe that an early start is possible as well.

  • http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Inyo/show.html Inyo

    I’m still here on the blog, even though not in California.

    We had quarter sized hail out here last week.

  • Ken K.

    S.D.NWS office hinting at possible remains of Greg heading through So. Cal. or moving west of us and going inland north of us. Would be nice to see some T-Storms, will have to wait and see. Inyo looks like you had a toasty summer so far?

  • redlands

    Was 104 in Redlands, Ca today 8-18-11 — Would be nice to get hit by Hurricane Greg — that is the remains of it

  • http://weatherwest.com Daniel Swain

    Well…looks like Greg’s remnants will mostly miss California. Meanwhile, it increasingly looks like a very high impact major hurricane could rake much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard over the next 7 days. Stay tuned…

  • Nicholas

    Anyone notice that when a hurricane hits the East Coast the West is always dry and hot?

    • Dan the Weatherman

      No, I haven’t really noticed that, but I will watch the overall pattern more closely whenever a hurricane strikes the East Coast again, hopefully not soon.

      • Dan the Weatherman

        Then again, most hurricanes strike that area in late August and
        September, coinciding with our hottest weather of the year outside of Santa Ana wind-related heat, which we have in October.

  • Ken K.

    Looks like a 3 day chance of T-Storms with tomorrow Friday having the best chance of a storm or two drifting west off the mountains. Course continued warm to hot. It has been in the low 90′s at the house. Enjoy.

    • Ken K.

      That is for So. Cal.

  • http://weatherwest.com Daniel Swain

    Does indeed look like there will be a good chance for thunderstorms west of the mountains in SoCal tomorrow and Saturday as a pretty deep monsoonal surge associated with an easterly wave moves in. There may also be a chance of high-based convection as far north as the Bay Area on Saturday as a weak low off the coast with slight diffluence aloft acts on existing mid-level moisture.

    In other news, Hurricane Irene has the potential to cause one of the largest American weather disasters in living memory this weekend. Depending on the evolution of the situation, I may have an update soon…

  • redlands

    Was 107 in Redlands, Ca today Aug-25-2011 — at 821pm was 89.1 on one of my thermometers — same thermometer at 11:44pm is 78.4 — Looks like its gonna finish the month with 100 and above — I think this 107 is the hottest for 2011 at my station

  • alan

    Warmest night on the mountain this year with a low of 71, also the warmest night in my 4 years here….not the hottest days though, hasn’t cracked 90.

    • redlands

      Alan thats warm for an overnight low for the mtns . — arent u around 6,000ft ??? — Redlands only got down to 71.3 last night 8/26

  • Nicholas

    Already picking up some lightning offshore today.

  • alan

    Figured I’d share these with you all, who would probably appreciate it most anyways! :) Did you notice these clouds the other morning Redlands? Lenticular’s sitting right above Snow Valley (slide peak / keller peak)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23887317@N08/

    • redlands

      Alan — those are neat looking clouds —-

  • Nicholas

    What a surprise the moisture is tracking more north than projected yesterday so So Cal looks to get the shaft today.

    • Shady Blues

      As always!

  • redlands

    Redlands, Ca got up to 110 today 8/26/11 — the hottest day for the month and 2011 — At 904pm its 87.1 —

  • Shady Blues

    I hate this heat…I cannot wait for the winter storms!

    • Nicholas

      Same here I hate the heat always have.

      • Dan the Weatherman

        It is forecast to cool down into the low-mid 80s in the inland coastal areas for Wed-Fri of next week, as opposed to the 90s we have been experiencing the last few days.

  • redlands

    Was 112 in Redlands, Ca today 8/27/11 — hottest day of the year, hottest for August-27 — 2nd hottest day overall for the month of August — 3rd hottest overall for yearly — Hottest at my station is 114— 2nd 113 —– 3rd 112 —– High Heat Index was 114.64 — temp/humdity combined — At 854pm its still 86.0

  • Dan the Weatherman

    Inyo, I heard (and saw) that Vermont had a lot of flooding due to Hurricane Irene. Did your area suffer any significant damage?

    • Dan the Weatherman

      Since I posted the comment above regarding Vermont, I have seen some footage and now realize just how severe the flooding has been across the state. According to TWC, it is the worst flooding in about 80 years! Just hope you are safe!

  • http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Inyo/show.html Inyo

    Yeah, it was bad. I’ve seen more rain in the CA mountains but Vermont is not used to rain like that. I got evacuated and was even on the local news. In the end our town was ok except flooded basements but the river did run down main street for a while. Other towns hd it worse. Most roads near rivers are still closed and it will be a long repair process.

    Thanks for thinking of me! Turns out i was lucky, many lost everything. Most Vermont towns are mill towns… Right on the edges of fast moving rivers.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      You were very fortunate. Hopefully no more tropical systems impact your area or the entire NE for that matter this season. However, Katia will have to be watched, though, as the latest models track it farther west than in previous runs, which may mean a closer approach to the East Coast.

  • redlands

    Inyo — How many inches of rain did u get — where u live ??? Are u in Vermont ?? what city

    • http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Inyo/show.html Inyo

      We are near middleburg at the base of the green mountains. We got about 4.5 inches and the mountains above us got as much as 7.5 or maybe more.

      • http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Inyo/show.html Inyo

        Middlebury not middleburg sorry

  • alexNWS

    On the topic of Hurricane Season, it is interesting to note that we are fast approaching the climatological “mid-point” of our Hurricane season…We have already had 11 confirmed hurricanes so far, which is a normal amount for an entire season…At this rate, by the end of the traditional season, we could be looking at 22-23 named storms…How many of them will actually impact the US is left to be determined, but certainly an interesting figure…

    More pressingly, TS Katia has been officially named by the NHC, and looks to be strengthening into at least a Cat 3 hurricane in the next 3-5 days…

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at2.shtml?5-daynl#contents

    In addition to this, there is a slowly organizing region of storms clustered along a forming easterly wave in the Gulf of Mexico that both the GFS and ECMWF have strengthening and further organizing in the coming few days….

  • Dan the Weatherman

    Sounds like summer is going to return to Socal starting tomorrow, as Orange County inland coastal areas are forecast to be 85-90, rising to the low-mid 90s for the early to middle part of next week. Some monsoon moisture with a few t-storms possible in the mountains and deserts from Saturday through Labor Day.

    I am certainly hoping for an upswing in monsoonal thunderstorm activity to add a bit of excitement to what has been a duller than normal second half of the summer so far here in Socal. The Pacific NW trough / ridge over the central US pattern has been so persistent during the last couple of years has kept the Four Corners High further east than usual, leaving the region in a dry SW flow. It has definitely been a good summer for outdoor activities, and I certainly have taken advantage of that. I don’t know if it is a combination of the -PDO and the +AMO with La Nina or that the low solar combined with all of the other factors just mentioned that has been causing this persistent amplified pattern as of late.

  • Shady Blues

    What do you guys think about hurricane Katia? I have a feeling that it may hit the East Coast….or at least brush it. I am just not calling this storm a fish yet…

    • Shady Blues

      Katia is being sheared apart right now….this has weakened Katia considerably… and it has halted any further intensification. With a weaker Katia…it may very well take a more westerly path….

  • Shady Blues

    I have to say…Lee is one of the worst looking tropical storm that I have seen in years!

  • Nicholas

    Looks like the GFS could be right by showing some showers and T-storms today.

    • Shady Blues

      You got that right! We are getting pretty good downpours here. There is also ongoing thunder and lighting!

  • Ken K.

    Looks like increasing potential for Dry Lighting tonight over So. Cal. Keeping fire crews busy, Could be a good light show with gusty winds and some small amounts of rain, moving up from the south. NE Calif. also has potential for dry storms over Plumus NF and Lassen NF, actually they are alrady reciveing lighting up north, bears watching. NWS out SD has it in their Discussion as well as fire WX product.

  • Shady Blues

    The cells off shore look fiesty!!! I hope they come my way!

  • Dan the Weatherman

    So far I haven’t seen any lightning, but I have been inside most of this evening so far. However, there are a lot of clouds around here in Orange tonight. I will certainly be watching as there is an increased chance of thunderstorms for the area later tonight into tomorrow morning.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      I had been seeing some lightning to the S and to the SE of my area here in Orange during the last 20 minutes or so and was getting closer with the thunder growing louder, but it suddenly stopped. There were a few sprinkles here earlier tonight, but nothing measurable.

  • Nicholas

    Have seen quite a bit of lightning in Whittier this morning. Some nice cloud to cloud bolts.

  • http://weatherwest.com Daniel Swain

    Very impressive and somewhat unexpected lightning event in SoCal is ongoing attm. Cells will continue to develop and perhaps intensify offshore for much of the day today. Lots of fire starts are likely, although some more significant precip is starting to develop with newer cells now. This upper low should move out by tomorrow, ending the lowland t-storm threat for the time being. A new and deeper low, however, is going to set up shop off of the CA coast next week. This could lead to a significant number of days with the threat for lightning in unusual locations. I’ll have a post later…

  • Dan the Weatherman

    I saw some more lightning around 4:30 this morning, and it rained a bit around 5:00 or so. I haven’t seen any lightning nor have I heard any thunder since I woke up, but it sure looked as if it were going to rain around noon or so, but nothing happened.

  • Nicholas

    I would keep an eye on the Temperature for Wednesday. It sounds like a situation we had last September. Its showing around 102 for my area. I would not be surprised if that becomes a few degrees warmer.

  • redlands

    Redlands, Ca got a few brief showers – raindrops but only 0.01 of rain — only high og 91 today — hear LA GOT TO 88 – CLOUD COVER KEEP TEMPS DOWN

  • Ken K.

    We had light showers and some lighting yesterday only a Trace, Rain and t-storms picked up during the night, currently raining with occasional Lighting, .08 at the house since this morning(Granite Hills) Looks like the deformation line is slowly moving SE, I can see clearing just to the NW. The Fire weather forecaster out of Riverside is calling for North winds Tomorrow into Thursday AM with Hot and dry air, Then the low Daniel is talking about for the weekend. Has turned interesting weather wise. Nice change.

  • Ken K.

    Well picked up .12 this morning(Granite Hills) and the clearing came with heat and dry air. At 1700 hrs. 100 degrees and 28% Hot and Dry.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      Nothing measurable fell up here in Orange, even though there were a couple of thunderstorms with lightning Sunday night into Monday morning accompanied by a few large drops of rain, but not enough to get everything wet. It got quite hot here today with highs in the mid-upper 90s. When I looked at the NWS observations earlier today (about 1 or 2 pm) for the region, I couldn’t believe how hot it was in San Diego as it was in the low 90s at Lindbergh Field and 96 at Point Loma!

  • redlands

    Was 106 today 9/6/11 in Redlands, Ca — 9/5/11 was only 91 — cause of the cloud cover and 0.01 of rain we received –

  • Nicholas

    0.01 here in Whittier as well. It rained very hard for around 40 seconds with large drops.

  • Dan the Weatherman

    Today is one of the hottest days, if not the hottest, of the summer so far here in Orange, as it is nearly 100 degrees as of 2 p.m. This is typical of early September, when we often receive our hottest weather of the year. The only thing lacking is thunderstorm activity, although we had our share of that earlier in the week.

  • Ken K.

    It hit 101 today at the house(Granite Hills) I am sure Redlands was up there, some towering Cu with isolated storms to the east along the Mountain/Desert ridge. The weekend looks interesting with the Low moving west to Point Conception. Looks like Central Cal. looks to get most of the action, Thunderstorms and cool down, SD NWS is hinting at possible Nocturnal T-Storms for Friday night into Sat. AM, Have to wati it out for more model runs. Dan, Lindbergh field broke their high Temp record yesterday at 97. Toasty for the coast. Warm overnight temps as well 73 this morning.

  • redlands

    Ken – Yes it was hotter in Redlands, Ca today 9/7/11 was 108 — at 9pm its 84

  • Dan the Weatherman

    It is a very warm night here in Orange as the temperature as of 11 p.m. is still at 78. Looking at the 10 pm NWS Weather Roundup, it showed that San Diego was still very warm at 81, as well as Point Loma at 77 and Carlsbad at 78. I believe that is a little warmer here tonight than it was last night at this time, but I will check the temperature later tonight to see if it cools down to last night’s level (74 or 75 as of 2 am or so).

  • Nicholas

    Hit 100 here yesterday. I thought it was going to be a little warmer. I am glad it wasn’t also Friday night models are getting excited for a little something.

  • sc100

    I don’t know if you guys heard or not, but they’re expecting another La Nina winter this year.
    http://news.yahoo.com/la-nina-returns-bringing-more-severe-weather-us-183640282.html

    This looks like bad news for Texas. I wonder if this La Nina will continue or even amplify the trend of last year’s La Nina, with huge snowfall in CA (Squaw Valley Ski Resort up here in Norcal got 67 feet of snow last year at the 8200 foot level) and with occasional Pineapple Express storms as well. I haven’t heard about what’s been going on with the PDO and other climatic features. Maybe some of you that have can fill us in.

  • Dan the Weatherman

    The major power outage that has hit San Diego has also affected some portions of Arizona and northern Mexico, as well as portions of southern Orange County, including Mission Viejo and San Clemente. So far, the power here in the Orange area is still on, and as far as I know, still on in the northern portion of the county overall.

  • http://weatherwest.com Daniel Swain

    Update later tonight…

  • Nicholas

    Second year La Nina are not great news for So Cal. The PDO is also about as low as it gets. :-/

  • redlands

    Was 105 in Redlands ,Ca today 9/8/11 —– What will a La Nina mean — the same kinda weather we got — 2010-2011 like nothing rainwise — well we did get in Redlands, Ca over 10 inches in the month of December — in a week we got the majority of that 10 inches — then the faucet was basically turned off

  • redlands

    I read the article on the predicted — La Nina. I looked at my rainfall totals for 2010-2011 — Redlands received 19.29 — which is above normal for Redlands — average is about 12-14 inches . Although 10.46 we got in the month of December — In 4 days — Dec-19-Dec-22 Redlands received 8.79 of rain —- We had 14 days where we had measureable rain —- 11 days in a row with measureable rain —– highest one day total was 2.99 —- The 10.46 is the most rain for the month of December or any other month — it smashed the record for wettest month. I dont think this will happen for another 20/30 yrs or more . But if u take away the month of December 2010 — Redlands would of gotten a measly 8.88 of rain for the 2010-2011 rain season. My question is — Is this normal for a La Nina ??? — Getting drenched in a short period then basically going dry ?? Thoughts ? Comments

    • Dan the Weatherman

      Some of the stronger La Nina years such as 1955-56 and 1973-74 have had relatively short very wet periods followed by long dry periods in between. I think one of the worst La Nina years (a 2nd year La Nina) was 1971-72 in which Los Angeles received 6.57″ of rain in December (a period similar last December) and a whopping .26″ fell from January to June! Something went terribly wrong down here during that winter, and I believe that is the driest January – April on record for the area.