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January 1, 2019 frost update

January 1, 2019

Summary:  We are receiving some help tonight so far from a totally unexpected source.  High clouds which have been moving south/southwest through Nevada are being enhanced by a lifting effect of the southern Sierra Nevada.  They are forming a reasonably dense layer of high clouds based at between 20,000 and 25,000 feet.  Elsewhere, there is also high clouds but they are much thinner.  These clouds, for now, are streaking right over Tulare and Kern Counties.  At the surface, we mentioned earlier this afternoon about higher than expected dew points from Porterville north.  Here it is after ten pm and the dew point/temperature spread is 0 at Fowler, Orange Cove, Reedley, Ivanhoe, Exeter, west Lindsay, east Lindsay, and Strathmore.  South of that line there’s still a good 3 to 6 degree spread.  What this means is, areas of fog will form and may affect temperatures in some areas, mainly from Porterville north.

 

As of 10:00pm, the coldest temperature I could find was 28 at Ivanhoe followed by 30  at Rio Bravo, madera, and west Porterville.  All locations are between 28 and 34 at this hour.

 

The high clouds I alluded to earlier will move out of the area over the next few hours, revealing a return to mostly clear skies.  Even though the temperature decent will be slow, colder locations will dip down to 23 to 25 degrees.  Most locations will range between 24 and 28 degrees unless fog becomes more widespread, in which case temperatures will be milder.  However, icing may become a problem.  Temperatures will not rise above the freezing mark until around 9:00am Wednesday.

 

Lows Tonight:

Terra Bella

26

Porterville

25

Ivanhoe

24

Woodlake

26

Strathmore

25

McFarland

24

Ducor

26

Tea Pot Dome

26

Lindsay

24

Exeter

25

Famoso

26

Madera

26

Belridge

25

Delano

27

North Bakersfield

28

Orosi

25

Orange Cove

26

Lindcove

25

Lindcove Hillside

32

Sanger River Bottom

22

Root Creek

24

Venice Hill

26

Rosedale

27

Jasmine

27

Arvin

27

Lamont

28

Plainview

26

Mettler

31

Edison

27

Maricopa

27

Holland Creek

30

Tivy Valley

27

Kite Road South

31

Kite Road North

27

AF=Above Freezing                                                                           

 

Next Report: January 2/AM