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NWS Hanford to introduce new River Forecast Point in Yosemite National Park on December 1, 2018

Forecasts for the Happy Isles river gauge should be displayed on the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) beginning 12/01/18 at: ( Please contact Kevin Durfee (559-584-0583) or Cindy Matthews (916-979-3041) of the National Weather Service for any questions or feedback on the establishment of this new river forecast point. Read More >

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has extended an Air Quality Alert on November 13th, 2018, due to smoke impacts from surrounding wildfires for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the valley portion of Kern Counties. This Air Quality Alert is in effect through 1000 PST November 16th, 2018. Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections. Residents are advised to use caution as conditions warrant. People with heart or lung diseases should follow their doctor’s advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality. Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous activities, or heavy exertion, as conditions dictate. For additional information, call your local San Joaquin Valley Air District office: Modesto 209-557-6400, Fresno 559-230-6000, or Bakersfield 661-381-1809.
The high pressure ridge that has been bringing dry weather to central California for the past 6 weeks will finally get ousted by a storm system that develops over the Eastern Pacific early next week. The storm will spin a couple of cold fronts toward the West coast during the second half of next week. The first cold front will open the door to wet weather across northern and possibly central California Wednesday. A second cold front associated with the Pacific storm system may bring wet weather farther south into California during the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s still very uncertain how far south wet weather gets at this time. It’s the first sign in weeks of a change in the pattern along the West coast. Stay tuned for updates from the National Weather Service on this evolving pattern.


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