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High pressure, warming temps, and some scattered showers to start the week

By Dan Shadwell

Good morning! The high pressure that’s kept our temperatures above normal, will stick around all week long, but don’t expect the air to dry out for awhile. It’s going to feel muggy.

Monsoonal moisture is streaming up from the south, bringing some scattered showers to the Central and South Coasts, though so far, there’s been no lightning of the sort that swept through Los Angeles yesterday. That could change later in the day with a thunderstorm or two drifting into the Cuyama Valley and some areas of southeastern SLO County.

For the next few days, our inland areas will see a gradual warming and by Friday, the mercury will be reaching into the triple digits. Along the coastline, we’ll see mostly sunny skies this week, with temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s, though some spots will see only partial clearing of their low clouds and fog.

Here’s a look at today’s highs:
Paso Robles–97
Cambria–70
Atascadero–90
Morro Bay–66
San Luis Obispo–83
Pismo Beach–69
Guadalupe–68
Nipomo–77
Santa Maria–77
Los Alamos–83
Solvang–88
Vandenberg–76
Goleta–70
Santa Barbara–82

July 27th, 2014 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 58-77
Atascadero 58-97
Avila Beach 58-67
CA Valley 64-100
Cambria 56-70
Corbett Canyon 56-81
Creston 65-99
Goleta 62-75
Guadalupe 48-68
Lompoc 55-75
Los Osos 46-64
Morro Bay 57-65
Nipomo 59-85
Orcutt 55-81
Paso Robles 61-103
Pozo 59-101
San Luis Obispo 57-83
Santa Barbara 65-83
Santa Maria 6-79
Santa Ynez 57-97
Shell Beach 58-67
Solvang 57-96
Templeton 58-97
Vandenberg AFB 54-71

Slight chance for showers and thunderstorms again Sunday and Monday

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Monsoonal moisture will bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms again Sunday and Monday for the beach and coastal regions. We have a slightly higher chance for lightning and thunderstorms than we did yesterday. Otherwise, high pressure just to the east of our area will keep temperatures generally above normal through the week, triple digits again for the inland areas. We will see some dense fog and low clouds again overnight into the morning time mostly for the coastal and beach regions.

July 26th, 2014 weather watcher report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 59-73
Atascadero 70-96
Avila Beach 59-64
CA Valley 64-101
Cambria 57-71
Corbett Canyon 60-80
Creston 64-94
Goleta 62-75
Guadalupe 48-68
Lompoc 57-75
Los Osos 46-64
Morro Bay 56-63
Nipomo 61-81
Orcutt 57-80
Paso Robles 60-100
Pismo Beach 59-64
San Luis Obispo 58-82
Santa Barbara 64-84
Santa Maria 62-77
Santa Ynez 55-95
Shell Beach 59-64
Solvang 55-92
Templeton 58-95
Vandenberg AFB 57-66

Overnight low clouds and fog, plus a chance for tstorms

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Overnight low clouds and fog will continue into next week in most coastal areas and locally into the valleys. Temperatures will cool off from what we have been seeing the last few days but will still be slightly above normal in most locations. There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the mountains of Santa Barbara County during the afternoon and evening hours tonight and tomorrow. Some thunderstorms may produce dry lightning and possibly some brief heavy downpours.

July 25th, 2014 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 54-75
Atascadero 58-92
CA Valley 63-98
Cambria 57-75
Corbett Canyon 56-80
Cuyama 60-98
Goleta 64-78
Grover Beach 57-67
Guadalupe 65-73
Lompoc 59-73
Los Osos 57-67
Morro Bay 58-66
Nipomo 58-78
Oceano 58-70
Orcutt 59-79
Paso Robles 60-98
Pismo Beach 58-68
Pozo 56-100
San Luis Obispo 55-83
San Miguel 60-102
Santa Barbara 65-85
Santa Maria 59-78
Santa Ynez 56-97
Shell Beach 58-68
Solvang 58-93
Templeton 57-91
Vandenberg AFB 57-71

Monsoon returns with mugginess and minor shower chance

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Microclimte conditions will be easy to spot in the forecast this weekend as marine low clouds and fog with afternoon clearing will keep beaches and near coastal valleys mild (outside of some mugginess). Interior temps will be quite warm with highs in the mid to upper 90s and also higher humidity which will make it feel quite toasty.

The mid-level steering flow is pushing in monsoonal moisture and there is an ongoing chance of a few occasional rain drops thru the weekend, but I don’t think it’ll dominate the weather. I think the best chance is later Saturday night into early Sunday but I also believe it is best to broad brush the overall opportunity thru the weekend as impulses look to push thru the flow.

There are actually not a lot of changes in the pattern thru about Wednesday. I think Thursday looks to get windy along the coast with NW winds up to about 30 so that’ll mix out marine clouds and ultimately drive some cooler air inland.

High pressure holds through the weekend, keeping us warm & breezy

By Dan Shadwell

Good morning! We’re going to see continued above normal temperatures around the Central and South Coasts through the weekend as high pressure holds firm over the four corners region.

Some inland valleys will see slight cooling over yesterday as an onshore flow develops, bringing some afternoon winds from off the Pacific.

There’s also some chance for monsoonal moisture to push into California from the southeast, which could make portions of the area feel a bit more humid than what we saw yesterday.

That increase in humidity will be balanced, at least along the coast, by those cooling winds… which should remain below advisory levels.

Here’s a look at today’s expected highs:
Paso Robles–99
Cambria–67
Atascadero–96
Morro Bay–63
San Luis Obispo–78
Pismo Beach–68
Nipomo–70
Guadalupe–66
Santa Maria–76
Los Alamos–83
Solvang–88
Vandenberg–73
Goleta–78
Santa Barbara–82

Winds relax a little into the weekend

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Over the last couple days the winds have been roaring around the Central Coast Friday and the weekend looks different. Winds will be about 15 in the afternoon (not the near 30 we’ve been experiencing).

A upper ridge is building back into the state and that will shrink the marine influence, so inland and deeper valley temps will warm but the lower-stronger inversion combined with less wind may allow marine clouds to re-form at the beaches especially in the night and morning hours around the beaches.

The large ridge will have a mid-level SW flow associated with it which will push some monsoonal mugginess and clouds back in over the weekend, while it may cause some storms across the Sierra I don’t expect much local impact.

Temps may dip a few degrees inland Saturday and Sunday (from the 100 readings Friday into the mid or upper 90s thru the weekend) but recover into the 100+ range into early and mid portions of next week.

Night and morning low clouds and fog will continue along the coastline which will be the place to beat the long-lasting inland heat.

July 24th, 2014 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 63-89
Atascadero 61-99
CA Valley 62-91
Cambria 56-72
Corbett Canyon 60-83
Cuyama 59-91
Goleta 61-80
Hearst Castle 57-83
Lompoc 57-73
Los Osos 60-67
Morro Bay 59-63
Nipomo 59-93
Orcutt 56-80
Paso Robles 60-101
Pismo Beach 63-78
San Luis Obispo 60-79
San Miguel 59-100
Santa Barbara 66-88
Santa Maria 59-77
Santa Ynez 59-90
Shandon 61-102
Shell Beach 63-78
Solvang 59-86
Templeton 61-96
Vandenberg AFB 55-71