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Warmer weather ahead this week

Simon Smith

Lighter winds and higher temperatures are expected for the next few days as high pressure begins to rebuild over our region. For today expect generally sunny conditions with perhaps a few clouds by afternoon over the mountains and lighter winds out of the northwest to around 10 to 15 mph or so. Highs today will warm to the upper 60s to lower 70s. Lows tonight under clear skies will be in the mid 30s to mid 40s.

People have been asking what type of summer we’re expected to have in our area. The official forecast from the National Climatic Data Center calls for warmer than average temperatures with equal chances of above average, average or below average precipitation from June through August. At this point, that is the best forecast. There is the possibility again this summer that we may see more afternoon thunderstorms depending on how far north and west the continental subtropical ridge sets up and how persistent the Pacific Northwest low is. If the Pacific Northwest low dominates, then we may see a very dry summer and temperatures not so warm. Time will tell.

— Do you have a weather-related question for forecaster Simon Smith? Please write to him with any question you have and he will answer it in this column. Smith, a co-op weather observer for the National Weather Service in Reno, can be reached at simonsweather@yahoo.com.