Typical spring time pattern will continue, as a series of weak low pressure systems drop southeast across the West. The latest system is over Northern Nevada, headed south southwest toward SoCal on Tuesday.
As the low pressure moves over our area, a very slight chance of an afternoon and evening shower or thunderstorm will be possible, mostly over the nearby mountains. At this time, storms are expected to be brief and relatively fast moving... however if the system stalls over our area, it is possible an isolated cell could bring brief, localized heavy rain and wind. This will need to be monitored during the afternoon. High temps will be in the low-mid 90s, and lows will be in the 60s.
A few afternoon clouds may develop, but most areas will be fair to partly cloudy, with only a 5% or less chance of an afternoon thunderstorm over the nearby mountains. The low pressure will move east, and some afternoon winds to 30 mph are possible in the late afternoon and early night time hours along the I-10 corridor and northern sections of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Indio.
Mostly sunny skies and a clear night. Highs in the mid | upper 90s. Lows in the 60s.
FRIDAY | SATURDAY | SUNDAY
Another low pressure is expected to move slowly across the West, increasing the marine layer west of the mountains, and bringing another round of strong winds to portions of the Coachella Valley and nearby High Deserts, possibly gusting 40-60 mph in the most wind prone areas along I-10 and mostly 30-40 mph in the northern portions of the populated areas. Temperatures will cool into the low 90s Friday, and down mostly into the 80s over the weekend for most communities. Lows will be mostly in the 60s. Currently, this system is expected to be mostly dry for our area... but scattered showers and even high elevation snow showers may fall in the Sierras near Mammoth and Tahoe.
The graphic below shows the expected jet stream placement for next Saturday.
EL NINO CONTINUES TO DETERIORATE
The latest imagery continues to show an increasingly cool sea surface temperature field expanding along the Equatorial waters southwest of Mexico. Interesting to note the huge expanse of below average surface sea temps expanding in the West Pacific, northwest of Hawaii.
Have a great remainder of the week, everyone!