Temperatures Slightly Down
A spike in temperature drove the mercury into the triple digits for the 37th time this year on Tuesday. But a shift in the pressure gradient for Wednesday is expected to bring an onshore flow to Kern County once again, and thereby lower the hot afternoon readings. It will still be at summertime levels, and even slightly above the norms for early September. But at least we should avoid triple digits for the remainder of the 10-day forecast period. No rain is forecast as a general southwesterly wind aloft keeps us dry.
Otherwise, the weather pattern will not change much through this weekend. Upper level high pressure is scheduled to stay just east of our region. By early next week, a re-enforcing trough of low pressure is predicted to move into the west. However, some computer models are now backing off on the intensity of next week's trough. But not all models agree on this change. So, at this time, I will continue to forecast a modest cooling trend both tomorrow and again early next week.
A new tropical storm "Norbert" has formed in the waters south of Baja. That system is not expected to affect central California at all.