Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sunshine

Coming soon: Sunshine!

Raw from the NWS:

.SYNOPSIS…A COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP THROUGH NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA
EARLY THIS MORNING. SHOWERS WILL DIMINISH AS THE DAY
PROGRESSES…WITH DRIER WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
ANOTHER WEAK FRONT MAY PRODUCE A FEW LIGHT SHOWERS ON THURSDAY
BEFORE HIGH PRESSURE RETURNS FOR THE WEEKEND.

&&

.DISCUSSION…BASED ON SATELLITE TRENDS…COLD FRONT CURRENTLY
ABOUT 200 MILES W OF EUREKA. THIS FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THIS
MORNING ALONG WITH SEVERAL BANDS OF LIGHT RAIN. THIS IS A WARM
SYSTEM…WITH SNOW LEVELS CURRENTLY ABOVE 6KFT…BUT DROPPING TO
3500 FT TONIGHT BEHIND THE FRONT. QPF AMOUNTS THIS MORNING SHOULD
BE UP TO 0.5 INCH IN DEL NORTE CO TO AROUND A 0.10 INCH ON
MENDOCINO CO. PRECIP WILL DIMINISH RAPIDLY IN THE WAKE OF THE
FRONT…NO MORE THAN ISO OR SCT -SHRA ACTIVITY BY LATE MORNING AND
MAINLY OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. THE SUN MAY EVEN PEAK OUT AGAIN
DURING THE AFTERNOON. A WEAK SECONDARY IMPULSE IN THE CYCLONIC
FLOW MAY IMPACT FAR NRN CA WITH A FEW LINGERING SHOWERS OVERNIGHT
MON…BUT OTHERWISE RIDGING WILL BEGIN BUILDING IN FROM THE WEST.
MODELS HAVE TRENDED WEAKER WITH A SHORTWAVE APPROACHING FROM THE
WEST ON WED. WITH BUILDING HEIGHTS AND WARMING ALOFT…ANY -SHRA
ACTIVITY OUT OVER THE OCEAN WILL HAVE A HARD TIME SURVIVING OVER
LAND…WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW TERRAIN-DRIVEN SHOWERS DURING
THE AFTERNOON HRS. FOR THIS REASON WE HAVE REMOVED ALL PRECIP
MENTION DURING THIS TIME. AN UPPER LOW DROPPING INTO THE PACNW
WILL SEND A WEAK FRONT INTO NW CA ON THU. HAVE STUCK WITH THE CHANCE
OF RAIN IN FOR THIS PERIOD…WITH ANY QPF BEING LIGHT AND FAIRLY
SHORT-LIVED. BY FRIDAY…A STRONGER RIDGE DEVELOPS OVER THE E PAC WITH
WARMING TEMPS ACROSS THE INTERIOR AND THE POTENTIAL FOR
FOG/STRATUS ALONG THE NORTH COAST. MODELS HAVE BEEN HINTING AT OUR
NEXT RAIN PRODUCER DROPPING OUT OF THE GULF OF ALASKA SUN INTO
MON. UNCERTAINTY IS HIGH WITH DISAGREEMENTS ON STRENGTH AND
PLACEMENT OF THE UPPER LOW. HAVE DECIDED TO STICK WITH CLIMATOLOGY
FOR NOW UNTIL THE PICTURE BECOMES A LITTLE CLEARER. JCA

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Planned power outage in Trinidad area on May 1

PG&E has announced that the Trinidad area will be without power between midnight and noon on Sunday, May 1.

A PG&E spokesman could not specify how far beyond the city limits the blackout would extend geographically, but confirmed that the entire village of Trinidad would be affected.

The purpose of the blackout is to give crews time to improve the reliability of a substation, the spokesman said.

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Weather Update

So it looks like it will remain dry until Saturday afternoon or evening, when there’s a chance that it might rain, but it might not. It’s a “threat” of rain.

Raw from the NWS in Eureka:

.SYNOPSIS…A WEAK SYSTEM WILL MOVE TOWARDS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
TODAY. THIS WILL BRING INCREASING CLOUDS TO THE REGION…AND A
THREAT OF RAIN BY TOMORROW.

&&

.DISCUSSION…NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE ONGOING
FORECAST. THE FROST ADVISORY CONTINUES INTO MID MORNING AS TEMPS
ACROSS THE N COAST INTERIOR CONTINUE TO SLOWLY FALL THIS MORNING.
WHILE A FEW SITES ALONG THE REDWOOD COAST COULD PULL OFF FROST TEMPS
AROUND SUNRISE, WILL CONTINUE WITH NO ADVISORY DUE TO THE LIMITED
SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE LOWER TEMPS.
LIGHT OFFSHORE FLOW THIS MORNING WILL GIVE WAY TO ONSHORE FLOW BY
LATE MORNING AS THE DIURNAL PATTERNS KICK IN. HIGH CLOUDS WILL ALSO
BE ON THE INCREASE TODAY AS A WEAK WARM FRONT MOVES TOWARD THE AREA.
THE PARENT LOW IS NEAR 36N140W MOVING TO THE ENE, AS ANALYZED BY
NCEP/OPC. THE MAIN FORECAST CHALLENGE CONTINUES TO BE WHEN THE
PRECIP WILL BEGIN AND HOW LONG IT WILL LAST. MODELS CONTINUE TO
PULL MOISTURE UP THROUGH THE INTERIOR CALIFORNIA VALLEY AHEAD OF
THE WARM FRONT, THUS KEEPING THE BULK OF THE PRECIP OVER TRINITY
COUNTY FOR TOMORROW. THIS DOES APPEAR SOMEWHAT INFLUENCED BY
DAYTIME HEATING. THE COASTAL AREAS SHOULD REMAIN GENERALLY DRY
INTO SAT AFT, WITH ONLY A SLIGHT CHANCE OF PRECIP BY THEN. A QUICK
SPLIT IN THE FLOW FRI NGT INTO SAT, FOLLOWED BY A WEAK S/W ON SUN,
IS WHAT WILL BRING THE CHANCES OF RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND. THE SPLIT
WILL TROUGH OVER US WITH A RIDGE OVER THE OR/WA REGIONS. DID NOT
MAKE MANY, IF ANY, CHANGES TO THE FORECAST AFTER SUN, SO THE
FOLLOWING IS FROM THE PREVIOUS FORECAST DISCUSSION. BFG

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION…WE WILL SEE THE TAIL OF THE FRONT (SUNDAY)
WITH THIS SYSTEM…WITH THE BULK OF THE RAIN IN DEL NORTE COUNTY.
TIMING IS STILL UNCERTAIN…SO WILL KEEP PRECIP CHANCES AROUND
50-60% AT THIS TIME. AFTER THIS S/W SCOOTS ON BY TO OUR NORTH…WE
SHOULD SEE 24-36 HOURS OF DRY WEATHER BEFORE THE NEXT S/W TROUGH
BRINGS A THREAT OF PRECIP TO THE NORTHERN PORTION OF AREA EITHER
TUE NIGHT OR WED. DJB

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Weather Update

Raw frp, the NWS in Eureka:

.SYNOPSIS…A DISTURBANCE WILL BRING AN INCREASING THREAT OF RAIN
TO NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA TODAY FOLLOWED BY RAIN AND SOME VERY HIGH
ELEVATION SNOW TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. FAIR WEATHER WILL
RETURN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY…BUT MORE RAIN IS POSSIBLE OVER THE
WEEKEND.

&&

.DISCUSSION…SATELLITE SHOWS A DISTURBANCE OFF THE WEST COAST
THAT IS CURRENTLY APPROACHING NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA. THE MODELS ARE
STILL NOT VERY CONSISTENT WITH RAIN CHANCES THIS AFTERNOON, SO
KEPT WITH THE THINKING OF LOW POPS IN THE MORNING THAT WILL
INCREASE DURING THE DAY. THE MODELS STILL SEEM TO HAVE A FAIRLY
GOOD HANDLE ON THE TIMING OF THE MAIN BAND OF RAIN MOVING IN THIS
EVENING, MAYBE A LITTLE EARLIER THAN FORECAST, BUT DID NOT SEE THE
NEED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE FORECAST IN THIS AREA. WIDESPREAD
QPF AMOUNTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE FROM 0.25-0.5 INCHES, BUT NOW IT
LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL BE CLOSER TO THE BOTTOM END OF THAT RANGE,
ESPECIALLY ACROSS MENDOCINO AND TRINITY COUNTIES. HIGHER QPF
AMOUNTS WILL BE SEEN IN THE TERRAIN FAVORED AREAS. SNOW LEVELS
REMAIN A CONCERN. THE MODELS SHOW ENOUGH COLD AIR WITH THIS
DISTURBANCE TO BRING SNOW LEVELS DOWN TO SOME OF THE HIGHER PASS
LEVELS. THE NAM STILL WAS WAY TOO LOW WITH THE SNOW LEVELS, SO
WENT WITH A BLEND OF THE CURRENT FORECAST AND THE NEW GFS, WHICH
HAD THE HIGHEST SNOW LEVELS. THIS SEEMED MORE APPROPRIATE GIVEN IT
IS APPROACHING LATE APRIL AND IT TAKES A LOT TO GET LOW SNOW
LEVELS THIS TIME OF YEAR. REGARDLESS, SNOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE LOWER OVER DEL NORTE COUNTY, BUT SHOULD REMAIN ABOVE THOSE
PASSES. ABOUT 2 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED ABOVE 5,000 FEET
TONIGHT. THIS WILL NOT LEAD TO ANY MAJOR IMPACTS, BUT THE SNOW
LEVELS WILL STILL NEED TO BE CLOSELY MONITORED. THE DISTURBANCE
AND ITS PRECIPITATION WILL QUICKLY MOVE OUT OF THE AREA THURSDAY
MORNING, ALLOWING DRIER WEATHER TO RETURN FOR THAT AFTERNOON.
CLEAR CONDITIONS THURSDAY NIGHT MAY LEAD TO STRATUS/FOG FORMATION
IN THE INLAND VALLEYS. THIS WILL BURN OFF BY FRIDAY MORNING,
FOLLOWED BY MORE DRY WEATHER DURING THE DAY. ANOTHER FRONT WILL
THREATEN THE AREA WITH RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT UNCERTAINTY WITH
THE TIMING REMAINS HIGH. STROZ

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Sneak Peek at the 4.20.11 edition

Here’s your sneak peek at Wednesday’s edition of the McKinleyville Press. To read the newspaper, buy a copy from one of our retail locations or newspaper rack in McKinleyville, Trinidad, Fieldbrook, Arcata and Eureka.

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Here are just a few of the topics covered in this week’s paper:

• Tsunami sirens. Which ones are hooked up, which ones aren’t, and why?

• Supervisors reject call to halt general plan update. This was that big meeting last week.

• Speaking of development, the McKinleyville Community Services District may reaffirm its position on the Beau Pre subdivision. You may recall that in 2006, this project was unveiled. It was in violation of the McKinleyville Community Plan, which had been approved just four years earlier. But that didn’t seem to bother head county planner Kirk Girard. But it did bother the MCSD, which took action. The project is back. Read all about it.

• Arcata pot bust leads to grow house in Mack Town.

• The Trinidad Rancheria is considering building a freeway overpass, a hotel and much more.

• It looks like we may not be voting on the Governor’s proposal to maintain current tax increases. That means vehicle license fees will go down. It also means law enforcement will take a big hit. Look for fewer deputies in the near future.

• There’s an Easter egg hunt Saturday, and much more. We’ve got gobs of community news this week. By the way, the Ladies Club in Westhaven could use some help baking 600 more pies for the Westhaven Blackberry Festival.

• Last week we printed a column from local Tea Party activist Karen Brooks. This week, two separate guest columnists respond to Brooks, one calling her ideas wacky.

• The Mack High Track Team is doing well. Read all about it.

• McKinleyville Little League coverage by Carlos Avelar. We got it!

• Animals need your help.

• This week’s Sheriff’s Log headline: Hooligans, heisters & hooch hounds. That sums it up.

There’s much more. Go buy a copy!

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Weather Update/Sunny Tuesday

A sunny Tuesday? Looks like it.

Raw from the NWS in Eureka:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
344 AM PDT MON APR 18 2011

.SYNOPSIS…SHOWERS WILL DIMINISH TODAY…REPLACED BY CLEARING
SKIES AND BREEZY CONDITIONS ALONG THE COAST. DRY WEATHER IS
EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY BEFORE ANOTHER DISTURBANCE BRINGS
MORE RAIN ON WEDNESDAY.

&&

.DISCUSSION…ZONAL FLOW CONTINUES TO BRING WET WEATHER TO
NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA THIS MORNING. RADAR SHOWS SHOWERS MOVING FROM
WEST TO EAST WITH SOME POCKETS OF HEAVIER RAIN EMBEDDED WITHIN
THESE SHOWERS. SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATES THE WORST OF THE RAINS
HAVE PASSED AND DRIER CONDITIONS ARE STARTING TO WORK INTO THE
AREA. SO SHOWERS WILL DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST THIS MORNING,
THOUGH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE OVER EASTERN MENDOCINO
AND TRINITY COUNTIES THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AS THE DISTURBANCE
ASSOCIATED WITH THEM SLOWLY MOVES INLAND. EXPECT CLEARING SKIES
ACROSS THE AREA WITH BREEZY CONDITIONS ALONG THE COAST AS THE
PRESSURE GRADIENT TIGHTENS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HOWEVER,
THE BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL BE SHORT LIVED AS WINDS WILL EASE
TONIGHT AS THE PRESSURE GRADIENT WEAKENS. THE MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES
TONIGHT MAY LEAD TO FOG FORMATION ALONG THE COAST AND IN THE
INLAND VALLEYS. TEMPERATURES IN THE INTERIOR ARE BORDERLINE FOR
FROST ADVISORIES, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING WINDS MAY HELP KEEP
TEMPERATURES UP THE FIRST HALF OF THE NIGHT. THE DAY CREW WILL
NEED TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THIS, BUT RIGHT NOW CONFIDENCE IS
LOW. REGARDING FOG, ANY THAT DOES FORM IS EXPECTED TO BURN OFF ON
TUESDAY, WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY SET THE STAGE FOR A MOSTLY SUNNY DAY
WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES. MOSTLY ZONAL FLOW WILL CONTINUE FOR THE
REGION AND ANOTHER DISTURBANCE IS EXPECTED TO BRING MORE RAIN ON
WEDNESDAY. RAISED POPS DURING THIS TIME FRAME TO REFLECT THIS.
RAIN CHANCES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK. STROZ

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