Sunday’s record warmth gives way to chance of rain

By Jessica Cejnar / The Del Norte Triplicate

After offshore wind brought record-breaking warmth to Del Norte County over the weekend, the area is likely to see a slight break in its dry spell but nothing to relieve drought conditions, meteorologists say.

A couple of upper-level disturbances from the west may clip Del Norte County this week, bringing some light rain, meteorologist Brian Garcia said. Crescent City may see a 10th of an inch, he said.

"The ridge dominating our weather over the past several months broke down for just

a short time this week," Garcia said. "So the jet (stream) has been allowed to dip farther south, or a branch of the jet."

On Sunday, the temperature in Crescent City reached a high of 69 degrees, beating by a single degree the previous record for the date of Jan. 5, which was set in 1914, according to the National Weather Service. The warm weather is due to inland winds flowing downhill to the coast, compressing and heating up, Garcia said.

Even though Del Norte County is currently going through its driest winter on record, the dry weather doesn't have anything to do with Sunday's warm temperatures. During a normal, wetter season, it's not unheard of for Del Norte County to see a week or two of sunny weather in January, Garcia said. Brookings can see temperatures in the 80s, he said.

"But you go five miles north or south of Brookings and it's in the 50s," Garcia said. "It's just because of our topography."

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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