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February 2015
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Rain from Monday night’s storm system

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

San Luis Obispo County

Cambria 0.16
Point Piedras Blancas 0.11
Slo – Cal Poly 0.09
Pismo Beach 0.07
Morro Bay 0.07
San Luis Obispo 0.05
Oceano 0.04
San Luis Harbor 0.03
Rocky Butte 0.23
Las Tablas 0.21
Upper Toro Creek Road 0.16
Santa Margarita 0.16
Atascadero 0.16
Paso Robles 0.14
Salinas Dam 0.12
Lake Lopez 0.09
Bald Mountain 0.04
Shandon 0.23
Black Mountain 0.16
La Panza 0.06
Branch Mountain 0.05
Carrizo Plain 0.02

Santa Barbara County

Los Alamos 0.20
Cachuma Dam 0.15
Los Prietos 0.14
Santa Ynez 0.11
Solvang 0.10
Sisquoc 0.09
Buellton 0.09
Sudden Peak 0.08
Lompoc 0.08
New Cuyama 0.05
Vandenberg 0.04
Santa Maria 0.02
Maria Ygnacio Ridge 0.23
Santa Barbara 0.13
Gaviota Coast 0.12
Ktyd Tower 0.09
Santa Barbara (Goleta Airport) 0.09
Montecito Hills 0.09
Carpinteria 0.07
West Big Pine 0.47
Gibraltar Dam 0.21
San Marcos Pass 0.21
Refugio Pass 0.11
El Deseo 0.10

Jan 26th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

There are some rain reports since 4pm, but this weather watcher report is for the 24 hour period from 4pm the prior day to this afternoon so the rain reports will be in tomorrow’s post.

Arroyo Grande 56/74
Atascadero 60/39
CA Valley 39/66
Cambria 54/71
Cuyama 46/68
Goleta 50/76
Lompoc 58/75
Morro Bay 54/69
Paso Robles 37/61
Pismo Beach 54/69
San Luis Obispo 47/75
Santa Barbara 56/77
Santa Maria 49/76
Santa Ynez 46/73
Shandon 38/63
Shell Beach 54/69
Solvang 45/74
Templeton 38/60
Vandenberg AFB 54/73

There are rain chances, but no soaker expected

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Big change in the weather from the pattern this weekend that produced the widespread record highs.

That ridge of high pressure has lost its dominant position and an area of low pressure traveling north from Mexico will pump in more clouds, sub-tropical air and a chance for rain. This is a very non-seasonal rain chance for us, more summer-like than winter-like.

There are a few problems, one is that the surface low pressure is very weak with the system meaning the dynamics to cause heavy rains are missing. Secondly, the recent warm weather was also dry air so it’ll take some work to moisten it up to produce much rain. Thirdly, several models keep the bulk of moisture supply just a little too far east.

Some showers may develop later on tonight into Tuesday, but I expect we’ll see less than .25” of rain, and there is a chance very little (or no) measurable rain will fall locally. We are on the edge of the moisture plume, so it is not an easy call on the low end.

By Wednesday we are back to some offshore wind locally, and mild temps. There is a slight rain chance late in the week, but a better chance the middle of next week.

January 25th, 2015 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 48-78
Bradley 30-74
Cambria 56-81
Corbett Canyon 53-83
Creston 39-77
Cuyama 41-76
Goleta 40-79 Record High Tie
Hearst Castle 61-79
Lompoc 37-81
Morro Bay 59-84
Nipomo 45-75
Orcutt 41-80
Paso Robles 31-77, Record High, Record Low Tie
Pismo Beach 49-70
Port San Luis 55-67
San Luis Obispo 41-85 Record High
Santa Barbara 49-83
Santa Maria 43-81
Santa Ynez 34-77
Shandon 30-79
Shell Beach 49-70
Solvang 34-80
Templeton 30-76
Vandenberg AFB 47-76

Seasonal temperatures return along with a chance for showers

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

A low pressure system building to the south of us will move up the coast of California starting Monday. With this system we will see the return of seasonal temperatures which will continue through the week. More clouds will make their way to our area and we have a chance for showers starting Monday into Tuesday. It’s about a 30-percent chance right now. The chance for showers will start a little earlier for Santa Barbara County.

January 24th, 2015 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 47-84
Bradley 32-69
Cambria 50-78
Corbett Canyon 50-81
Creston 39-72
Cuyama 37-71
Goleta 40-77
Hearst Castle 51-76
Lompoc 37-79
Morro Bay 57-78
Nipomo 47-79
Orcutt 36-80
Paso Robles 32-69
Pismo Beach 46-76
Port San Luis 54-75
San Luis Obispo 39-80
Santa Barbara 48-81
Santa Maria 39-82
Santa Ynez 34-77
Shandon 29-74
Shell Beach 46-76
Solvang 33-80
Templeton 31-69
Vandenberg AFB 47-77

Well above normal temps to close the weekend for the Central Coast

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

High pressure will bring clear skies and well above normal temperatures through the weekend. We will start our mornings with some pretty chilly temperatures, some areas below freezing. Winds will be strong and gusty for some parts of the region through the weekend as well. Starting on Monday, the high pressure system will move East and a storm system building near Baja is forecast to move up the California Coast. This system will bring with it a chance for some scattered rain showers as early as Monday afternoon for the South Coast. The system travels farther north for a chance of more widespread rain across San Luis Obispo County early Tuesday morning. It doesn’t look like it’s packing to much of a punch with precipitation as models are showing under a tenth of an inch total for all areas. But it will bring mostly cloudy skies, and cooler temperatures through the week.

Jan. 23rd, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 40/76
Atascadero 32/67
Cambria 53/76
Corbett Canyon 46/78
Cuyama 36/68
Goleta 40/70
Hearst Castle 51/71
Lompoc 36/73
Los Osos 41/75
Morro Bay 47/74
Nipomo 36/75
Orcutt 40/76
Paso Robles 31/67
Pismo Beach 42/71
Pozo 28/58
San Luis Obispo 36/76
San Miguel 30/67
Santa Barbara 46/75
Santa Maria 38/76
Santa Ynez 34/72
Shandon 30/71
Shell Beach 42/71
Solvang 32/74
Templeton 69/35
Vandenberg AFB 45/70

Summer-like temps in January

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

The weather outlook has not changed the last few days, still expecting widespread warm temps over the weekend in the upper 70s and some 80s with offshore winds peaking.

Offshore morning winds will be locally gusty past 25mph, however in general the consistency is more important than the strength in producing the heat. The warmest spots will be the coastal valleys but the beaches will also benefit. Interior valleys will see a high in the 70s despite cold overnight lows in the 30s.

Early next week a mid-level area of low pressure will drift north from the Baja and bring with it mild air with moisture, and a rain chance on Tuesday. The problem is that rain looks to be on the lighter side; under .50” and some models show little rain at all. There are other rain opportunities later next week as well, but they also come with the same questions. Suffice to say, no drought busting heavy rains in the forecast yet.

Jan 22nd, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 44/71
Atascadero 35/63
CA Valley 32/67
Cambria 50/67
Corbett Canyon 46/72
Cuyama 37/66
Goleta 41/72
Hearst Castle 51/65
Lompoc 37/68
Los Osos 40/65
Morro Bay 47/63
Paso Robles 32/61
Pismo Beach 44/63
Pozo 35/69
San Luis Obispo 37/72
San Miguel 33/59
Santa Barbara 48/76
Santa Maria 42/72
Santa Ynez 37/66
Shell Beach 44/63
Solvang 36/70
Templeton 32/62
Vandenberg AFB 44/67