Cloudy & Cool Tuesday
Winds picked up across the county last night as cold front moved across the state. We clipped the tail end of it, but it left enough moisture over the south end of the valley floor leaving a low stratus deck. The stratus cloud deck may produce a light drizzle over the Bakersfield area this morning through 9 AM. This also bodes well for our mountain passes on the north and west ends. A tight northwesterly flow in the atmosphere from the passing cold front will squeeze enough moisture out of the cloud deck bringing light drizzle. Bakersfield could use the rainfall. It has been 42 days since we've had measureable rainfall. We are 3.30" below normal for 2014; Bakersfield's received 1.35" since January 1st.
Skies clear by the end of the day. However, the passing front leaves behind significant cold air in its wake. Highs fall a good 10° from yesterday. South valley temperatures land in the low to mid 70s, Kern River valley upper 60s and mountain areas in the low 60s. Overnight clearing will make us even cooler. Temps land in the 50s for the Bakersfield area; 30s in the mountains. Gradual warming starts tomorrow as high pressure rebuilds over the region. Thursday into Friday highs return to the 80s. Skies will be clear with the dominate ridge overhead. Then cooler and potentially wet weather returns Saturday. Morning light rain will be possible as the next diving cold front drops out of the Gulf of Alaska early Saturday. For now we will issue a 10% chance for light rain that morning. It will be cloudy and cool; mid 70s.