April to Begin Much Cooler
This has been a very warm March, which will be ending about 7 degrees above an average March. And Monday was no exception to the warm bias. It was yet another record high temperature of 90°- the fourth record maximum this month, in addition to two record high minimum temperatures. It was also the fifth time we’ve hit 90 or above. March will end up as the third warmest March on record.
But April is looking more and more like the polar opposite to March. A moderate cold front will push through, dry, on Tuesday afternoon with windy weather expected for the mountains and desert areas of Kern County. Also, it will become breezy in the south valley with a slight chance we could see some isolated areas of blowing dust. Highs will be down about 10 degrees from Monday- into the upper 70s. Further cooling is forecast for Wednesday with mid 70s the predicted high temperature. Windy weather, and a likely Wind Advisory, will persist through the day on Wednesday.
A cooler weather regime will set up going into the Easter weekend. Good Friday will be the only exception to that with a brief warm up into the low 80s. Rain chances for Easter Sunday are minimal, but not excluded. It will be cooler with highs in the low 70s on Sunday. Moisture may be wanting that day, but a fresh moisture source will move into central California late on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday of next week may offer a chance for rain and a possible thunderstorm. Highs will continue to fall into the 60s, actually below normal, the middle of next week. Snow levels should hold above passes, around 5,000'.
The end of the 10-day period is volatile, weatherwise, and may well change. At least there is a chance for some additional rainfall in this disappointing rainy season. Wednesday, April 1st, is typically the greatest snowpack day in California. What we are sure to see on Wednesday is one of the lowest snowpacks in history.
3-30-15 6:26 pm Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO