First Alert Weather In-Depth: California Dreamin’

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For a long period of time, Rochester’s air has been very cold, and another surge of Arctic air is coming through this weekend.

That weather pattern isn’t set to change any time soon, so First Alert Meteorologist Glenn Johnson thought it would be interesting to take a look at the last time Rochester, specifically, the Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport, came close to 70 degrees.

That was all the way back on Nov. 8, 2021, when it was 68 degrees. That was 13 weeks, or 91 days ago—not that Johnson is counting.

So maybe it is time for some California dreaming! Out west in Los Angeles all the way up through Fresno, San Francisco, and Sacramento, they are all talking about record amounts of warm weather over the next couple of days. Tuesday in Los Angeles it is going to be very close to 80 degrees.

But there are some downsides to that kind of warmth. They have an excessive heat watch that is in effect. The temperature going into the weekend could be anywhere from 85 to 90 degrees. And this time of the year the Santa Anna winds will be very gusty, maybe 30 to 50 miles per hour. And there is a small, but the significant threat of those wildfires.

Interesting to note, we are coming up on the Super Bowl this Sunday. Of course, the game is on News10NBC. The last time that we had that kind of heat for a Super Bowl was in Los Angeles with 84 degrees going back to 1973. That would be nice!

I am sure we will enjoy it from a distance, on television.