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Weather: It was a Red Flag September

By Dale Knutsen

Special to Plumas News

Weather in the Lake Almanor basin during the month of September pretty much typified the classic Red Flag fire weather warnings: dry, breezy and temperatures substantially above average. The rain gauge got dusty (sooty in some places) and our July-June seasonal accumulation remained below an inch.

Meanwhile, our average daily temperatures were running almost three degrees above the long-term figure for morning lows and a full five degrees above our “normal” afternoon high. The extreme low temperature for the month was 35 degrees on the 10th, and our extreme high was 97 degrees on the 7th.

If history is any guide, October should bring us cooling conditions and some welcome precipitation. The local population and the thousands of hard working firefighters would definitely appreciate both.

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