Sacramento’s weather has cooled down just in time for Friday’s opening of the California State Fair.
A low-pressure system off the coast has sent a strong Delta breeze into Sacramento over the past few days. The forecast for Friday is a high of 81 degrees. The concrete canyons of Cal Expo should be comfortable.
On average, about 20,000 people show up for the first day of the fair, said Cal Expo spokewoman Lara Popyack. She said the crowd depends more on what the fair has to offer than the weather. “I think people are excited for the first day of the fair no matter what the weather is,” Popyack said
During this time of year, Sacramento usually experiences a high of 93 and a low of 61 degrees Fahrenheit, said Karl Swanberg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
Thursday’s temperature topped out at a temperate 77 degrees. The forecast calls for a high of 87 on Saturday and 88 on Sunday. By early next week, the temperature is expected to be back in the mid-90s.
The current low temperatures are “quite unusual,” Swanberg said. “We get to enjoy a few days of cooler temperatures and some clouds.”
The unusual weather conditions don’t stop with the thermometer.
A waterspout tornado appeared about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the mouth of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, said Marvin Boyd, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno. The last recorded waterspout occurred in 2004 above Lake Tahoe.
A waterspout is a thunderstorm that has rotation. A funnel forms and connects with the water below, causing a spout to form above the surface, Boyd said. For it to occur, there must be a strong temperature difference between the ground or water and the air above it, he added.
“Waterspouts tend to be on the weaker side of what you would classify as tornado. This one was very thin, maybe around 65 to 85 miles per hour. Enough to flip a small boat,” he said.