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April 2014
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A windy forecast with a rain chance Friday

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Pressure changes in the wake of a front that moved through the Central Coast Tuesday morning will produce strong winds thru this evening and a coastal wind advisory is in place until 9pm for winds which could be as strong as 40mph.

Skies should be generally clear but the winds will also produce cooler daytime highs: just 50s and low 60s at beaches to the lower 70s inland.

Winds will quickly change direction from the NW to NE for Wednesday and Thursday for some mild (but slightly gusty) weather until Friday morning when a cold front pushes through the Central Coast for increasing clouds and possible rain showers Friday morning (amounts would be very light, likely under .10″).

Winds will pick up again after Friday’s front for more gusty weather thru the weekend. It is spring and windy conditions are common, this forecast certainly fits that.

April 21st, 2014 weather watcher report

By Victoria Johnson

Arroyo Grande 48-75
Atascadero 47-81
CA Valley 42-84
Cambria 46-73
Corbett Canyon 54-73
Cuyama 45-84
Goleta 50-65
Grover Beach 50-75
Guadalupe 47-62
Lompoc 45-70
Los Osos 45-64
Morro Bay 51-61
Oceano 48-75
Orcutt 45-80
Paso Robles 45-84
Pismo Beach 48-62
San Luis Obispo 49-76
Santa Barbara 55-69
Santa Margarita 43-82
Santa Maria 48-78
Santa Ynez 43-82
Shandon 44-83
Solvang 44-84
Templeton 45-80
Vandenberg AFB 56-71

Wind advisory

By Victoria Johnson

A wind advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday for the Central Coast and 2 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday for the Santa Barbara County Mountains and the South Coast. Northwest winds between 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, can be expected due to a cold front moving through the region. This will make for difficult driving conditions.

Marine hazards

By Victoria Johnson

The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory for 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. The NWS has also issued a gale warning from 9 am Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday for the outer waters and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday for the near shore waters. Seas up to 13 feet can be expected. Northwest winds will increase to 20-30 knots, with gusts up to 35 knots, through Tuesday evening.

Cool down coming

By Victoria Johnson

A weak system is approaching this afternoon, bringing the marine layer up to Lompoc. High clouds will move into the region and the marine layer will deepen by tonight. A cooling trend and low clouds is expected for Tuesday. Temperatures could be up to 10 degrees cooler on Tuesday compared to Monday. Winds may reach advisory levels across the Central Coast Tuesday afternoon and evening. Then a shift to warmer weather on Wednesday and Thursday before a low pressure system brings a cool down, increase in cloud coverage and a 30 percent chance of showers Friday and a 20 percent chance of showers Saturday morning.

April 20th, 2014 weather watcher report

By Victoria Johnson

Arroyo Grande 44-71
Atascadero 44-86
CA Valley 42-80
Corbett Canyon 47-80
Cuyama 46-77
Goleta 51-69
Grover Beach 47-69
Guadalupe 47-60
Lompoc 50-72
Los Osos 46-67
Morro Bay 49-64
Orcutt 49-73
Paso Robles 42-85
Pismo Beach 46-62
San Luis Obispo 47-85
Santa Barbara 54-74
Santa Margarita 41-85
Santa Maria 50-76
Santa Ynez 45-81
Shandon 42-82
Solvang 42-83
Templeton 43-88
Vandenberg AFB 47-74

Small craft advisory

By Victoria Johnson

The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory until 3 p.m. Monday. Seas will build up to 12 feet late this afternoon and continue through Monday afternoon.

High surf advisory

By Victoria Johnson

A large, long period westerly swell will produce high surf conditions along the Central Coast through 9 a.m. Monday. The high surf will peak this evening at 10-12 feet, with local sets up to 14 feet. The largest surf will occur on west and northwest facing beaches. The potential impacts are dangerous rip currents, strong sneaker waves, minor coastal flooding and beach erosion. The National Weather Service is advising people to stay out of the water, never turn your back on the ocean and avoid flooded areas near the beach.

Beautiful week ahead with a slight chance of light showers

By Victoria Johnson

Overnight fog and a marine layer are expected tonight. Warm weather will continue into Monday. However, temperatures will be slightly cooler, by about 5 degrees, coming off the weekend. Monday night into Tuesday morning, a weakening cold front will move through the area bringing a 20 percent chance of morning showers to the coastal areas of northern San Luis Obispo County. Temperatures will drop on Tuesday due to a low pressure system. This system will produce more clouds, gale force winds and seas up to 14 feet Tuesday into Wednesday. Winds are forecasted to range between 15-25 mph, gusting up to 35 mph, in the afternoon. By Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures will warm again before another low pressure system moves through the region over the weekend, bringing cooler weather.

April 19th, 2014 weather watcher report

By Victoria Johnson

Arroyo Grande 44-72
Atascadero 43-81
CA Valley 45-80
Cambria 52-64
Cayucos 51-64
Corbett Canyon 50-72
Cuyama 46-77
Goleta 50-68
Guadalupe 54-59
Lompoc 54-66
Morro Bay 52-57
Paso Robles 45-83
Pismo Beach 53-63
San Luis Obispo 54-70
San Miguel 44-79
Santa Margarita 43-81
Santa Maria 54-69
Santa Ynez 46-73
Shandon 43-82
Solvang 50-76
Templeton 44-84
Vandenberg AFB 51-61