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Old 12-20-2017, 09:21 PM
 
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I read that Redding, California is the 2nd sunniest US city with 88% possible sunshine with Yuma, Arizona being number 1 with 90% possible sunshine. How is this possible?? Redding is much closer to Oregon than Arizona. Even cities that are south of Redding like Fresno are not even close to being that sunny. So my question is: Is Redding, CA really sunny 88 percent of the time?

Also, Redding gets about 33-34 inches of precipitation per year. It would be hard to believe that a place like that would be sunny 88% of daylight hours.
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:27 PM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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Redding is the far north of the valley, it gets hot in summer. Why is that difficult to understand? It also gets rain in winter.
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:47 PM
 
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Redding is the far north of the valley, it gets hot in summer. Why is that difficult to understand? It also gets rain in winter.
What does this have to do with how often it's sunny in Redding?
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:01 PM
 
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Do you have a link, OP?
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:15 AM
 
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https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/sunniest-cities/

Redding is no. 2 after Yuma.
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:34 AM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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What does this have to do with how often it's sunny in Redding?
Because the entire valley is hot all summer.
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:58 AM
 
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Because the entire valley is hot all summer.
The question isn't about temperature, though. Temperature is irrelevant.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:10 AM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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The question isn't about temperature, though. Temperature is irrelevant.
well due to lack of humidity in California, I'd say the sun makes the valley hot the entire summer. It is sunny in the entire valley for the majority of the summer. Why Redding is sunnier I am not sure, maybe it has something to do with the proximity to mountains.
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Old 12-21-2017, 02:53 PM
 
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well due to lack of humidity in California, I'd say the sun makes the valley hot the entire summer. It is sunny in the entire valley for the majority of the summer. Why Redding is sunnier I am not sure, maybe it has something to do with the proximity to mountains.
But the OP is asking, how a place that gets as much rain as Redding could possibly have more sunny days than locations in Arizona. It's a good question. Are there only a few rainy days, that dump a huge volume of precipitation all at once? That's not what I've heard. I could be wrong, but I've heard there's an extended rainy season, after the summer/early fall heat finally cools off.

But the weather has definitely been changing, in the direction of more sunny/hot days (weeks, months) than before. The proportion of sunny days to overcast and rainy days has probably changed in the last 10 years or so.
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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Fresno, and the rest of the Central Valley, can get a lot of Tule fog during winter. I think Redding being at the very far northern end of the valley manages to avoid a lot of it somehow.
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