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Severe Storms Across Portions of the Central U.S.; Wet and Windy in the Northwest

A few severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail are expected this today across Kentucky, northeast Minnesota, and from southeast Colorado into the Oklahoma Panhandle. These storms may produce heavy rain and flooding in Kentucky. A strong cold front will sweep through the Northwest U.S. with rain, mountain snow and high winds. Heat and record high temperatures persist in the South. Read More >

Strong west wind gusts are possible in the Kern County desert Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning. Blowing dust could reduce visibilities in some locations. Travel may be difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles. Highways affected include, but are not limited to Highway 14, U.S. Highway 395, Highway 178 through and below Walker Pass, including the town of Inyokern, and Highway 58 through and below Tehachapi Pass, including the town of Mojave. Here are projected wind gusts valid at 7 PM PDT Thursday, May 19th, 2022.
High temperatures throughout Central California this afternoon and Thursday afternoon will be around ten degrees above normal for this time of year. Maximum temperatures across Central California Friday afternoon will be about ten degrees lower than Thursday afternoon.
High temperatures throughout Central California Saturday afternoon will be around five degrees warmer than Friday afternoon. By Monday afternoon, maximum temperatures across Central California will be about ten degrees above normal for this time of year.
The ninth wettest day ever observed in Fresno during the month of May occurred sixty-five years ago today.


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Publications and Weather Highlights
Publications by NWS San Joaquin Valley Personnel

Technical Attachments are documents written by NWS Personnel describing different aspects of weather or to improve forecasting techniques. A complete list of these publications can be found on the Western Region Homepage. Below is a list of TM'sTA'sand TA Lites written by our office personnel. 
TA # Title Author
98-07 The Lemoore Naval Air Station Classic Supercell Tornado of 22 November 1996 Ray Kruzdlo
98-12 VR/SHEAR Interpretation Ray Kruzdlo
98-35 San Joaquin Valley Hail Event - December 13, 1995 Bob Nester
L03-15 Evaluation of KHNX WSR-88D Storm-Relative Velocity Products During A Tornadic Thunderstorm Jeffrey Nesmith
L03-40 Use of Local Analysis and Prediction System (LAPS) During a High Bouyancy / Low Shear Severe Thunderstorm Outbreak in the Central California Interior David Spector
03-09 The Application of Upper Level Heights in Diagnosing and Forecasting San Joaquin Valley Dense Fog Episodes Mark Burger
L03-48 An Analysis of the December 16, 2002 Grapevine Wind Event Mark Burger
04-06 The Prediction of Minimum Overnight Visibilities at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport Utilizing Multiple Linear Regression Mark Burger
L04-18 A Southern Sierra Nevada Flash Flood Event Resulting from Monsoonal Convection Mark Burger
L05-04 The Unusual Frost Event of November 29 to December 4, 2004 Dan Gudgel
05-04 Pre-Frontal San Joaquin Valley Wind Events and the Use of Surface and Upper Air Data to Facilitate Their Prediction Mark Burger
L06-10 An Anaysis of a Heavy Precipitation Event Over Interior South-Central California Jeffrey Meyers and Larry Greiss
L07-08 El Nino and La Nina Episodes and Their Impact on the Weather in Interior Central California Christopher Stachelski
TM280 The Climate of Fresno, California Christopher Stachelski and Gary Sanger
TM281 The Climate of Bakersfield, California Christopher Stachelski and Gary Sanger
L14-04 Tornado Statistics for the WFO San Joaquin Valley-Hanford County Warning Area Gary Sanger and Jimmy Andersen