May 21st, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 50/66
Atascadero 52/65
CA Valley 49/65
Cambria 49/61
Corbett Canyon 50/66
Cuyama 47/62
Goleta 51/68
Hearst Castle 46/61
Lompoc 45/70
Los Osos 55/63
Morro Bay 54/63
Paso Robles 51/69
Pismo Beach 51/62
Pozo 52/67
San Luis Obispo 51/65
Santa Barbara 56/68
Santa Maria 50/69
Santa Ynez 52/68
Shandon 50/68
Shell Beach 51/62
Solvang 49/73
Templeton 52/63
Vandenberg AFB 48/64

Clouds return with occasional drizzle

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Marine stratus will return for most of the Central Coast later this evening. There is an upper-level low pressure system that will produce increasing clouds and areas of mist and drizzle tonight thru Friday morning. There is also a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms in the higher elevations of the Central Coast, but especially in the Sierra Nevada.

An upper level high pressure ridge should start to build over the Central Coast Memorial Day weekend for generally fair and warmer weather (though temperatures will actually be near seasonal norms. Tuesday and Wednesday some weak low pressure develops for more marine clouds and temps look to drop a degree or two.

May 20th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 56/66
Atascadero 50/70
Avila Beach 56/68
CA Valley 41/73
Cambria 50/64
Cayucos 54/64
Corbett Canyon 52/66
Cuyama 46/70
Goleta 52/70
Hearst Castle 44/61
Lompoc 55/66
Los Osos 52/61
Morro Bay 46/63
Nipomo 54/61
Oceano 54/62
Orcutt 48/74
Paso Robles 51/73
Pismo Beach 55/61
Pozo 42/78
San Luis Obispo 54/67
Santa Barbara 57/76
Santa Margarita 53/71
Santa Maria 55/68
Santa Ynez 52/70
Shandon 48/74
Shell Beach 55/61
Solvang 53/73
Templeton 48/67
Vandenberg AFB 51/62

Upper level low leads to more clouds and patches of drizzle

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

An upper-low is dropping into California for more low clouds and generally cool temperatures thru the end of the week. Highs will be in the 60s.

Instability rotating thru the upper low will occasionally produce drizzle or light showers. At higher elevations across the Sierra and other CA mountains occasionally showers and thunderstorms will result from this pattern as atmospheric heating will make conditions unstable in the afternoon hours.

A weak high pressure ridge builds across the Central Coast over the weekend for slightly warmer weather which should continue to slowly warm into the middle of next week.

May 19th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 53/67
Atascadero 42/70
Avila Beach 53/68
Cambria 53/62
Corbett Canyon 51/71
Cuyama 41/71
Goleta 49/69
Hearst Castle 44/61
Lompoc 55/66
Los Osos 52/61
Morro Bay 52/59
Nipomo 53/63
Orcutt 52/64
Paso Robles 45/76
Pismo Beach 54/60
Pozo 54/75
San Luis Obispo 51/70
Santa Barbara 54/74
Santa Maria 53/68
Santa Ynez 52/70
Shandon 44/75
Shell Beach 54/60
Solvang 52/73
Templeton 42/72
Vandenberg AFB 53/61

Seasonal conditions this week

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Clear afternoon skies today. The strong afternoon northwesterly winds along the coast kept temperatures mild and helped developed that clearing. Coastal clouds redevelop later this evening.

Perhaps slightly warmer tomorrow with a little less wind.

A ridge builds Wednesday but another low pressure system moves into the Central Coast Thursday into Friday for some coastal drizzle and the return of significant clouds near the coast. 

Memorial Day weekend warms up a little with increasing high pressure. Another weak low pressure system will move over our area next Tuesday that will likely result in more cool weather with clouds and possibly more drizzle or a light shower.

May 18th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 52/67
Atascadero 44/68
Avila Beach 51/70
CA Valley 41/72
Cambria 53/62
Corbett Canyon 50/70
Cuyama 45/68
Goleta 48/72
Hearst Castle 44/61
Lompoc 52/66
Los Osos 51/62
Morro Bay 52/58
Nipomo 51/60
Oceano 51/60
Orcutt 54/64
Paso Robles 47/74
Pismo Beach 52/59
San Luis Obispo 50/68
San Miguel 48/76
Santa Barbara 55/75
Santa Maria 53/66
Santa Ynez 50/70
Shandon 47/73
Shell Beach 52/59
Solvang 53/72
Templeton 45/68
Vandenberg AFB 52/61

Afternoon onshore winds this week keep temps down

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

The spring pattern is definitely different than the pattern we saw much of the winter, more night and morning clouds with afternoon clearing and a wind are expected this week. Afternoon winds look to be near 30mph at the coast which will hold temps at or even slightly under seasonal norms.

We’ll see high temps in the 50s and low 60s at the beaches with 60s in the coastal valleys and low 70s in the interior valleys. A little building of high pressure Tuesday into Wednesday looks to have fairly minor local impacts, and Thursday and Friday look to feature another trough pushing into SLO and SB counties for possible drizzle or a light shower but it would not be much if it happened.

Looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend, I think high pressure builds and will help warm temps a little.

May 17th, 2015 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 52-71
Bradley 48-72
CA Valley 41-72 Wind gusts 45 mph
Corbett Canyon 52-68
Creston 48-68 Wind gusts 21 mph
Cuyama 45-72
Goleta 49-67
Hearst Castle 44-62
Lompoc 54-66
Morro Bay 54-61
Nipomo 53-72 21 mph
Orcutt 53-68
Paso Robles 48-73 Wind gusts 24 mph
Pismo Beach 54-60
San Luis Obispo 54-68 Wind gusts 24 mph
Santa Barbara 54-73
Santa Maria 53-68 Wind gusts 25 mph
Santa Ynez 52-72
Shell Beach 54-60
Solvang 53-74
Templeton 51-68
Vandenberg 50-61 Wind gusts 20 mph

Slightly below temps, clouds, and some fog for the Central Coast this week

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Several low pressure systems moving through the area this week will result in slightly below normal temperatures and mostly cloudy skies at times. It is likely that there will be low clouds and patchy fog each night through morning. The second low moving through Thursday and Friday is a little stronger, and we are seeing a slight chance for showers right now. But it’s a little too early to tell. High pressure arrives for the weekend and this will result in dry weather with a clearing and warming trend.