The cooler days of fall were ushered in by a streak of record-breaking highs in the 90s, said Mount Shasta’s national weather observer Frank Christina.
Beginning with a 96 degree high last Wednesday, records dating back to the 1950s and 60s were broken five days in a row.
“These are all amazing records, especially this late in the season. The average high temperature for this time of year is 77 degrees, with a low at night of 45,” Christina said. “We’ve been running in the 40s [at night], and have seen some terrific temperature variances in the last few days.”
Christina said his extensive book of weather data shows that the last time September had a heat wave was in 1955, when temperatures reached into the 90s and 100s for four days straight, This past week’s five-day streak was remarkable for coming so late in the season, especially considering the cold front that’s currently blowing in.
“The forecast shows possible snow flurries on Wednesday,” Christina said. “There’s a trough building, and cold air is going to blow through... I’ve never seen a [temperature] drop that immense in such a short amount of time. It’s quite amazing, really.”