A Mostly Dry Weekend
A fast moving weather system pushed across Kern County late yesterday into early this morning with only a trace of rain falling at the airport. But other portions of the south valley picked up several hundredths of an inch and mountain towns around Tehachapi saw close to a half inch of rain. That low pressure system has now moved well to the southeast with lingering clouds and high humidity in its wake. However, clouds have mostly cleared out in the south valley by late in the afternoon.
Skies should remain fair overnight with the threat of a little patchy fog in the south valley. Another disturbance will move out of the northwest into central California on Saturday with windy conditions over much of the area. A High Wind WATCH is posted for areas south of Kern County and up in the high Sierra this weekend. I suspect the rainy system will dry out before getting this far south, but some pile-up clouds in the south valley and western slopes of the Tehachapi mountains could squeeze out a few sprinkles Saturday evening. Skies should clear on Sunday as high pressure builds in.
By Monday and into mid-week, high pressure will become strong enough to produce patchy morning fog in the south valley and hazy afternoon conditions with bad air quality. The official Tule Fog season has begun as of this past weekend. It runs from the 15th of November through Valentines Day.
Computer models are showing a good chance for a shift to rainier weather the weekend following Thanksgiving. This is a hopeful prospect that may finally see the Rain Portal open up for California and Kern County as we transition into December.