Appeal-Democrat Archive Writing

Temperatures milder than usual this summer

August 11, 2007

Temperatures in the Yuba-Sutter area have been relatively normal this summer despite a heat wave at the beginning of July and an unseasonably strong storm at the month.

After a three-day stretch above the century mark at the beginning of July, temperatures reached 100 degrees only once the rest of the month and stayed at or below normal.

Last summer, temperatures stayed in the 100’s for almost half of the month with three straight days above 110 degrees.

August is expected to be slightly warmer, but still around normal for this time of the year, said Steve Goldstein, National Weather Service forecaster.

The cooler temperatures come from a low pressure system in Alaska that’s been sitting still for the past couple of months. The storm pushed the delta breeze into the area regularly and kept the weather patterns cooler.

An unseasonably strong storm blew through July 18 and brought rain to areas like Napa, which hadn’t seen measurable rain in 90 years.

“When we saw the forecast, we didn’t believe it,” Goldstein said.

Redding saw 0.86 inches of rain, far exceeding its 0.01 inch July average. Marysville had 0.04 inches.

Beyond August, the fall and winter look to be wetter than last year. A weak La Nina will bring a stronger jet stream which should keep it from being drier than last year.

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