Portola City Council reorganizes

  The view of the front table at the Portola City Council meetings has changed because of the Nov. 6 elections.

  Plumas County has officially certified the general election results, and the meeting Dec. 12 focused on reorganizing the City Council to incorporate new faces and delegate new responsibilities.

  The meeting began with honoring Bill Weaver, an outgoing member of the City Council. Weaver, a member since 2000, was honored by the city with a plaque commemorating his contribution to the city of Portola for the last decade.

  After his exit, the recently elected members of the council rose to take their oath of office.

  The two incumbents, John Larrieu and Phil Oels, will retain their seats on the council. Newcomer Michelle Gault will begin her four-year term with the council. All three members will serve until 2016.

  As the meeting continued, the two incumbents received more than just the responsibilities of a council member.

  Larrieu, the previous mayor pro tem, was nominated to be the new mayor for the next year. Oels, who was elected to the council in the recall election in the spring, was nominated to be the mayor pro tem.

  The new council members did not hesitate to work together and consult each other for the duration of the meeting.

  Gault frequently offered comment and input on the decisions made throughout the meeting. New Mayor Pro Tem Oels provided support and mediation while Mayor Larrieu conducted the meeting comfortably and smoothly.


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Normal high and low temperatures for this week Dec 17-Dec 23 (high/low)...Redding/Red Bluff  53/35, Chico 54/35, Quincy 45/24, Chester 40/19, Susanville 41/21, Grass Valley 51/31, Weaverville 46/29, Mt. Shasta 43/25, Yreka 44/25, and Alturas 43/17.

Colder and drier air moved into the state  yesterday morning behind the storm.  The showers stayed pretty much over the higher elevations except for the area of strong thunderstorms that formed over Butte Co. yesterday afternoon.  This morning there is one more area of showers moving across the area and once again these will stay over the higher elevations with just some clouds over the valley.  Tonight will be clear and cold with some wind sheltered areas in the north valley in the upper 20s.  Some areas of Modoc and Lassen counties will be in the single digits.

Wednesday the cold low pressure trough pushes southeastward and will be off the coast through the weekend with the jetstream running across Central California.  This will allow a series of strong...cold...and wet storms to move across Northern California.  The first system reaches the coast Wednesday night and spreads precipitation across our area Wednesday night and Thursday.  Cold air will be trapped in the north end of the Sacramento Valley and the canyons and valleys north of Redding.  This will cause snow levels in these areas to be near 500 feet Wednesday night through Thursday evening.  Snow levels elsewhere will be 2000 to  2500 feet.  Moderate to heavy precipitation  is expected Thursday afternoon and evening. South to southwest winds will begin to increase Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday they will be gusting  to 40 to 45 mph in the valley and 50 to  60 mph over eastern Siskiyou and Modoc counties and over the higher elevations of Lassen,, Plumas, and Nevada counties. Note....the winds will stay light in those areas were the cold air is trapped.  The precipitation will  turn to showers Thursday night and early Friday and the cold air will be scoured out of the valleys and snow levels will be 2000 to  3000 feet.

The next storm hits the area Friday afternoon and evening and will followed by another system Saturday night and Sunday.  These systems will bring moderate to heavy precipitation to the north state and will be preceded by strong and gusty south  to southwest winds.  Snow levels will rise up to 3000 to  3500 feet lat Friday and early Saturday but then drop back down to 2000 to 3000 feet Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Monday will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and snow levels 2500 to 3500 feet.

Weather Outlook for Redding, Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Cottonwood, and Red Bluff 

Today:  Partly cloudy.  Max temps 42 to 46.  Southwest to  Northwest wind 10 to  15 mph.

Tonight:  Scattered clouds.   Min temps 28 to 31 low lying areas and 31 to 35 westside thermal belt areas.  Light wind. 

Wednesday: Increasing clouds.  Max temps 50 to 55. South wind 8 to  16 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Cloudy with rain after midnight with snow in the Redding area.  Min temps 32 to 37.  Light wind.

Thursday:  Cloudy with rain with the snow level 500 to 1000 feet.  Max  temps 34 to 37 in Redding and  40 to 45 in Red Bluff. South  wind 15 to 25 mph gusts 35 in Red Bluff and light winds in Redding.

Thursday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 36 to 40. South wind 15 to 25 mph gusts 35 to  45 mph.

Friday:  Partly cloudy to cloudy with showers in the morning then rain in the afternoon.  Max temps 43 to  46.  Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts.

Friday Night: Cloudy with rain.   Min temps 40 to  43.  Light wind. 

Saturday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 44 to 47.  South winds 18 to 28 mph gusts 35 to 40 mph.

Saturday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 38 to 42.  South wind 15 to  25 mph.

Sunday:  Cloudy with rain.  Max temps 41 to 46.  South wind 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday Night:  Cloudy with rain.  Min temps 38 to 41.  South wind 10 to 20 mph. 
Monday:  Cloudy with turning to showers.  Max temps 42 to 46.  Southwest to northwest wind 8 to 18  mph.
Monday Night:  Partly cloudy.  Min temps 35 to 41.  Light wind. 

The Old Forecaster

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