Developing Storm to Just Miss Us
A surge of moisture in the upper atmosphere arrived in central California overnight. Together with the high clouds, pockets of low cloudiness has now formed along the edges of the south valley and in the Kern County mountains. Cloudiness will hold through the night and into Friday for most of our area. This is all due to a developing low pressure system currently coming together over southern California. Precipitation is certain for Arizona and southeastern California. Kern County is set to be on the western edge of the storm. Enough instability is possible for showers to form in the mountains on Friday. We may even see a few preliminary sprinkles Thursday evening mostly in mountain areas.
As the low deepens Friday into Saturday morning, winds out of the northeast will begin to develop and that chance for showers. Snow levels will run 6,500 to 7,000 feet. South valley conditions should remain fairly constant through Friday with plenty of clouds, not much of a chance for rain, and very little fog, if any. But with the low finally moving bodily eastward Saturday afternoon and Sunday, skies will clear in the mountains and desert while the likelihood of fog in the south valley quickly increases.
I suspect Bakersfield residents will be again dealing with dense fog issues by Sunday morning. With the presence of strong upper level high pressure, the foggy forecast will persist right through the end of the 10-day period. Mountains and desert areas, as well as the rest of California outside the central valley, will be wonderfully sunny and mild to warm. A very unsettling reality is beginning to emerge- no significant rain for the first half of February.
As our dire drought situation appears to be worsening, we can only hope that our fortunes turn around in a big way at some point in the near future. Right now, massive high pressure in the west and cold stormy low pressure in the eastern US seems to be holding for the time being.
1-28-15 6:23 pm Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO