Winds with mid to larger swells in marine forecast into the weekend

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Wednesday: N winds 5 to 15 kt…becoming NW 15 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt by the afternoon. Combined seas 6 to 8 ft dominant period 15 seconds…building to 7 to 10 ft dominant period 15 seconds in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: NW winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt…becoming 10 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt after midnight. Combined seas 9 to 12 ft dominant period 14 seconds…subsiding to 7 to 10 ft dominant period 14 seconds after midnight.

Thursday: N winds 5 to 15 kt…becoming NW 15 to 20 kt with local gusts to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 6 to 8 ft at 14 seconds.

Thursday Night: NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Combined seas 7 to 9 ft. Chance of showers.

Friday: NW winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt. Combined seas 8 to 11 ft. Chance of showers. Slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.

Friday Night: NW winds 20 to 25 kt…becoming N 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Combined seas 9 to 12 ft.

Saturday: NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. NW swell 6 to 8 ft.

Sunday: NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. NW swell 6 to 8 ft.

Feb. 6th, 2013 air quality forecast

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Wednesday, Feb 6: 33 AQI Good Ozone
Thursday, Feb 7: 34 AQI Good Ozone
Friday, Feb 8: 34 AQI Good Ozone
Saturday, Feb 9: 33 AQI Good Ozone
Sunday, Feb 10: 30 AQI Good Ozone

The Air Quality Forecast is provided by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.

For more information, visit http://www.slocleanair.org

Feb 5th, 2013 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 45-54
Atascadero 34-57
Cambria 46-55
Corbett Canyon 45-53
Goleta 50-58
Lompoc 48-54
Los Osos 49-53
Morro Bay 48-53
Paso Robles 37-53
Pismo Beach 49-55
Pozo 34-61
San Luis Obispo 46-53
San Miguel 41-52
Santa Barbara 54-59
Santa Maria 45-54
Santa Ynez 43-52
Shandon 32-55
Shell Beach 49-55
Solvang 45-55
Templeton 36-57

Late week storm not all that wet, but plenty cold

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

A cold storm system originating from the gulf of Alaska will dive southward and across the interior portions of California Thursday night into Friday, then shift eastward into the great basin on Friday night. Due to its projected track, this system will likely have limited moisture, however, it will be cold. there will be a threat of showers across much of southwest California from Thursday night through Friday night, with showers lingering in the mountains into Saturday. While there remains considerable uncertainty in the amount of precipitation that may occur with this system, there is high confidence that much colder weather and low snow levels will impact the region.

Snow levels should lower rapidly Thursday night with the onset of precipitation, lowering to as low as 3000 feet by Friday morning. There is a chance snow levels could potentially fall as low as 2500 feet between Friday afternoon and Friday evening. while the mountains will likely see a few inches of new snow, the Cuyama valley could also see light snowfall accumulations as well.

In addition to the cold temperatures and low snow levels, this weather system will also likely bring gusty west to northwest winds.

There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms on Friday with the potential for small hail.

The upcoming weather can become dangerous for unprepared hikers and campers. The combination of gusty winds, low visibilities, snow showers, and icy road conditions could create hazardous driving conditions through the mountains and deserts. anyone planning to travel into the mountains and deserts later this week should check the latest road conditions and bring extra warm clothing and supplies.A cold storm system originating from the gulf of Alaska will dive southward and across the interior portions of California Thursday night into Friday, then shift eastward into the great basin on Friday night. Due to its projected track, this system will likely have limited moisture, however, it will be cold. there will be a threat of showers across much of southwest California from Thursday night through Friday night, with showers lingering in the mountains into Saturday. While there remains considerable uncertainty in the amount of precipitation that may occur with this system, there is high confidence that much colder weather and low snow levels will impact the region.

Snow levels should lower rapidly Thursday night with the onset of precipitation, lowering to as low as 3000 feet by Friday morning. There is a chance snow levels could potentially fall as low as 2500 feet between Friday afternoon and Friday evening. while the mountains will likely see a few inches of new snow, the Cuyama valley could also see light snowfall accumulations as well.

In addition to the cold temperatures and low snow levels, this weather system will also likely bring gusty west to northwest winds.

There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms on Friday with the potential for small hail.

The upcoming weather can become dangerous for unprepared hikers and campers. The combination of gusty winds, low visibilities, snow showers, and icy road conditions could create hazardous driving conditions through the mountains and deserts. anyone planning to travel into the mountains and deserts later this week should check the latest road conditions and bring extra warm clothing and supplies.