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March 2015
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March 28th, 2015 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 48-78
Bradley 47-86
CA Valley 39-81
Corbett Canyon 48-81
Creston 47-85
Cuyama 48-77
Goleta 54-70
Hearst Castle 61-80
Lompoc 52-70
Morro Bay 49-62
Nipomo 53-79
Orcutt 48-77
Paso Robles 48-87* Record high
Pismo Beach 49-70
Port San Luis 50-62
Pozo 40-85
San Luis Obispo 47-78
Santa Barbara 58-78
Santa Maria 51-75
Santa Ynez 48-56
Shell Beach 49-70
Solvang 50-85
Templeton 45-85

Cooling trend, plus some low clouds and fog for the Central Coast

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

The very strong high-pressure ridge responsible for record breaking temperatures is gradually moving out of the Central Coast. A trough of a low pressure system, plus onshore flow kicking up is bringing us a cooling trend that will go into midweek, but some areas will still see some above normal temperatures to close the weekend. We will also see low clouds and fog overnight into the morning for coastal areas and the fog may spread into some valleys through next the middle of next week. The fog could get pretty dense for some areas. Unfortunately, no rain is in the short or long range forecast.

Quiet weekend with above normal temperatures

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Onshore winds picked up on Friday and the marine layer returned at the beaches and the cooling influence extended into the coastal valleys as well. Only Paso Robles managed to set a new record high with 93, a full ten degrees warmer than the standing record of 83 from 1969.

Friday night and Saturday morning will see more of that marine layer near the coast while the interior remains clear. Saturday will clear near the coast and temps will come up from the Friday highs which were only in the 60s at the beaches, 70s are on tap for most beaches Saturday which is above normal. Generally beaches are in the low to mid 60s this time of year with coastal valleys in the upper 60s as well as the interior.

During the afternoon some mid-level clouds will come over the area and there will be a NW wind about 15mph. Sunday looks nearly the same but with less coastal cloud cover early in the day.

Temps hover in the 70s and 80s through most of next week (a slight increase over the weekend). There is no rain in our current forecast which takes us into the second week of April.

March 27th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 46/70
Atascadero 44/90
Avila Beach 39/88
CA Valley 39/88
Cambria 50/62
Corbett Canyon 53/82
Cuyama 48/68
Goleta 52/79
Hearst Castle 67/81
Lompoc 43/66
Los Osos 47/57
Morro Bay 48/56
Paso Robles 44/93
Pozo 49/88
San Luis Obispo 47/74
Santa Barbara 58/86
Santa Maria 45/72
Santa Ynez 46/90
Solvang 45/87
Templeton 41/90

March 26th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Record heat for several locations today: SLO 90 (old record 84-1988), Paso 90 (old record 88-1988) Santa Maria 93 (missed by 2), Santa Barbara airport 88 (missed by 2)

Arroyo Grande 62/90
Atascadero 46/89
CA Valley 36/86
Cambria 64/82
Corbett Canyon 60/88
Cuyama 43/82
Goleta 51/88
Hearst Castle 61/82
Lompoc 46/91
Los Osos 57/81
Morro Bay 57/82
Nipomo 50/88
Orcutt 59/88
Paso Robles 42/90
Pismo Beach 57/88
Pozo 39/88
San Luis Obispo 50/90
Santa Barbara 56/94
Santa Maria 49/93
Santa Ynez 46/91
Shandon 43/93
Shell Beach 57/88
Solvang 45/91
Templeton 42/91
Vandenberg AFB 52/86

Some records should fall Thursday and Friday

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

High-pressure is getting stronger over the Central Coast through Friday.

It will produce morning northeasterly winds and hot temperatures.

Some Central Coast locations should see record-breaking high temperatures in the 80s and low 90s.

The ridge of high pressure weakens on Saturday, and onshore winds will return for a cooldown.

I think we’ll see marine clouds at beaches and near coastal valleys and cooler temperatures Saturday into early next week.

Winds pick up Tuesday and should produce better clearing near the coast. Still no news to report on the next rain opportunity.

March 24th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 51/79
Atascadero 40/70
CA Valley 43/67
Cambria 47/68
Corbett Canyon 50/77
Cuyama 46/63
Goleta 57/84
Lompoc 46/73
Los Osos 52/67
Morro Bay 52/65
Nipomo 51/76
Orcutt 53/74
Paso Robles 41/73
Pismo Beach 55/76
Pozo 38/71
San Luis Obispo 53/74
San Miguel 43/73
Santa Barbara 57/86
Santa Maria 50/77
Santa Ynez 45/77
Shandon 35/76
Shell Beach 55/76
Solvang 44/79
Templeton 42/75
Vandenberg AFB 47/76

Winds and warm-up are the headlines with no rain

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

We’ll have some strong northwesterly winds into the later evening.

Other than the wind just some partly cloudy skies, there is a system passing well to our north, so no rain from that.

Today’s high temperatures will hit the 70s inland but just 60s at the beaches due to the winds.

High pressure builds over the Central Coast with warmer temps Wednesday but gets stronger still into Friday. It will make winds turn offshore and temps will soar into the upper 80s for some.

Saturday that high pressure breaks down and with winds turning onshore temps drop and marine clouds return at the coast, with even some drizzle possible in the night and morning hours over the weekend into early next week. Temps will be roughly normal over that period.

Unfortunately, I don’t see much more than that in the next week or two. We badly need rain and this pattern won’t produce it.

March 23rd, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 49/73
Atascadero 39/71
Cambria 48/65
Corbett Canyon 50/73
Cuyama 39/64
Goleta 49/77
Hearst Castle 47/63
Lompoc 45/72
Los Osos 48/63
Morro Bay 50/62
Nipomo 45/68
Orcutt 47/69
Paso Robles 41/72
Pismo Beach 49/70
San Luis Obispo 45/69
San Miguel 42/70
Santa Barbara 53/74
Santa Maria 46/70
Santa Ynez 45/73
Shandon 36/83
Shell Beach 49/70
Solvang 47/76
Templeton 40/72
Vandenberg AFB 49/66

Record heat possible by end of the week

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Monday a weak cold front will scrape past the Central Coast but as high pressure builds in behind its departure the winds will really start to get cranking on Tuesday with winds averaging 15-30mph with higher gusts at the coast and mountains could see gusts exceed 40mph and a wind advisory has been issued for the Santa Barbara county mountains already as a result.

Upper level ridging will take place Wednesday into the weekend and winds will shift offshore and temperatures will soar. Record breaking heat is possible Thursday through Saturday with 80s and 90s in the forecast.

There is a pattern change next week but the problem is that even though temperatures will cool the chances for rain look best elsewhere in the state, and no real rain is expected for several weeks.

As we get into April the chances for significant rains goes down dramatically as weather patterns shift to their semi-permanent late-spring and summer positions which produces more occasional low clouds and fog than storms.