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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Eureka California
359 am PDT Thursday Oct 2 2014

Synopsis...dry and warm conditions will persist for the next
several days as a strong ridge of high pressure settles over the
region into the weekend.


Discussion...a large ridge of high pressure continues to build over
the West Coast resulting in increasing thickness values and light
offshore flow. Temperatures aloft continue to warm with many ridges
actually warming overnight. This warming is also strengthening low
level valley inversions which are allowing cold air to pool. Valley
temperatures have been running 2 to 4 degrees cooler than Tuesday
night. Thus more widespread frost is expected this morning in
Trinity County valleys and the frost advisory will be continued
through 9 am. Another round of frosty temperatures is expected
tonight with great radiational cooling expected once again and
another frost advisory may be required. However there is some
uncertainty to exactly how cool temperatures will be the next
couple of days as afternoon high temperatures gradually increase
within the very dry airmass. Have decreased valley overnight
temperatures across all of northwest California to more closely
match MOS guidance into the weekend considering the MOS guidance
verified well Tuesday night.

As the ridge amplifies today into the weekend...the thermal trough
will make an attempt to push off the coast. With light offshore
winds expected and very warm air aloft...the coastal marine layer
may mix out letting widespread 70 degree temperatures reach the
immediate coast possibly today through Saturday. Afternoon
temperatures across the interior will push well into the upper 80s
to middle 90s through this weekend.

A weak upper level low will attempt to break down the ridge slightly
Sunday into early next week as it approaches northwest California
from the west. Little precipitable water will be available to this no rain is expected. However the low may be just enough
disturbance to allow coastal clouds to reform and model guidance
indicates an increase in marine layer moisture Monday into Tuesday
of next week.

Behind this weak low an upper level shortwave will push toward the
Pacific northwest and then slide south into northwest California middle
next week as the upper level ridge axis slides off the West Coast.
Once again...moisture will be limited with this shortwave and no
rain is anticipated but northerly winds will likely increase
along the coast behind the surface reflection of this upper level
shortwave. Additionally...temperatures will fall back closer to
normal for this time of year. Rpa


Aviation...a ridge just off of the coast will dominate the weather
pattern today. Expect VFR to prevail with light and mostly terrain-
driven winds.


Marine...the morning buoy observations show a northerly gentle to
moderate breeze with wave heights ranging from 7-11 feet. The 0520z
ascat pass over the northwest portion of zone 470 showed winds of 20-
25 knots. This shows the forecast and the headlines remain on track.
The ridge offshore that has been interacting with a thermal trough
along the California coast, generating a strong surface pressure
gradient, will weaken today. This will lead to easing winds and
subsiding seas. Allowed the southeast.W's to expire. The SC.Y for zone 475
should expire this morning. Extended the SC.Y for zone 470 through
this evening due to remnant wind gusts, mainly over the northwest
portion of the zone. Otherwise, expect light to moderate northerly
winds Friday into early next week with seas generally under 10 feet.


Eka watches/warnings/advisories...
frost advisory until 9 am PDT this morning for caz004.

Northwest California coastal waters...
Small Craft Advisory until 9 PM PDT this evening for pzz470.

Small Craft Advisory until 9 am PDT this morning for pzz475.



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