Meanwhile along the coast…

At 8:48 a.m. in McKinleyville, the fog is thick. The streetlights are still on. Pavement is wet. Droplets build up on windshields and wipers must be used.

The National Weather Service in Eureka says this weather pattern will continue.

The NWS weather “discussion,” which gets updated a couple times a day, sums it up with this line: “MEANWHILE ALONG THE COAST…SUNSHINE HAS BEEN A SCARCE COMMODITY AS OF LATE.” Shout it out, weatherman.

Sun seekers and those in need of a Vitamin D fix are advised to go inland. Last week, Titlow Hill was often the dividing line between sun and fog.

The fog is beautiful in its own way, especially when it’s wrapped around our redwoods. But, damn, what about our tomatoes? The leaves are drooping and turning a dark color. Not good. Our gardens need a blast of sunshine. Maybe next week?

Raw weather discussion from the NWS in Eureka:

FXUS66 KEKA 081053
AFDEKA

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
353 AM PDT MON AUG 8 2011

.SYNOPSIS…THE WEATHER PATTERN IS VERY STABLE..WHICH MEANS THERE
WILL BE VERY LITTLE DAY TO DAY CHANGE FOR MUCH OF THE UPCOMING
WEEK. INLAND TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN NEAR NORMAL WHILE THE COAST
STAYS COOL AND CLOUDY.

&&

.DISCUSSION…THE PATTERN IS JUST NOT CHANGING…AND THE FCST
REMAINS VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED. CONVECTION LAST EVENING SPARKED UP IN
SISKIYOU COUNTY AND MOVED EAST AS THE CAP (AROUND 500MB) WAS JUST
TO STRONG TO OVERCOME ACROSS TRINITY COUNTY. THE SAME CAN BE SAID
FOR THIS AFTERNOON DESPITE ANOTHER WEAK SHORTWAVE MOVING THROUGH. A
REPEAT SCENARIO IS EXPECTED ON TUE…AND EVEN WED BEFORE HEIGHTS
BEGIN TO RISE IN RESPONSE TO A STRENGTHENING RIDGE OVER THE DESERT
SW. MEANWHILE ALONG THE COAST…SUNSHINE HAS BEEN A SCARCE
COMMODITY AS OF LATE. NOT EXPECTING MUCH CHANGE OVER AT LEAST THE
NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AS THE SFC (AND UPPER LEVEL) PATTERN REMAINS
STAGNANT.

THE ONLY REAL ITEM OF INTEREST ANYWHERE ALONG THE WEST COAST IS
TROPICAL MOISTURE FROM THE REMNANTS FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE EUGENE.
THIS HIGH LEVEL MOISTURE IS CURRENTLY BETWEEN 20N AND 30N AND WEST
OF 130W. WITH THE PERSISTENT UPPER LEVEL TROUGH ALONG 130W…THIS
MOISTURE WILL VERY SLOWLY WORK ITS WAY NORTH AND FINALLY TOWARD NW
CA BY LATE TUE. BY THIS TIME…THE UPPER LEVEL FLOW PATTERN WILL
NOT BE CONDUCIVE FOR ANY TSTM DEVELOPMENT.

AS WE HEAD TOWARD NEXT WEEKEND…AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OVER THE
INTER-MOUNTAIN WEST WILL EXPAND…LEADING TO A BIT OF A WARMING
TREND FOR INTERIOR LOCATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY THE COAST WILL NOT
PARTICIPATE IN SAID WARM-UP AND INSTEAD WILL SEE VERY LITTLE
CHANGE. JCA

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