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February 2015
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Feb. 25th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 44/67
Atascadero 31/68
CA Valley 30/63
Cambria 48/63
Corbett Canyon 47/73
Cuyama 34/67
Goleta 42/67
Grover Beach 46/71
Hearst Castle 46/62
Lompoc 36/70
Los Osos 43/63
Morro Bay 50/63
Nipomo 40/68
Oceano 42/68
Paso Robles 33/69
Pismo Beach 46/73
San Luis Obispo 39/69
San Miguel 37/66
Santa Barbara 47/71
Santa Maria 39/69
Santa Ynez 34/73
Shandon 30/71
Shell Beach 46/73
Solvang 34/75
Templeton 31/70
Vandenberg AFB 48/65

Feb. 24th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 42/70
Atascadero 34/63
CA Valley 31/58
Cambria 48/65
Corbett Canyon 43/72
Cuyama 34/58
Goleta 39/73
Hearst Castle 43/60
Lompoc 36/72
Los Osos 41/67
Morro Bay 47/68
Oceano 44/69
Paso Robles 34/65
Pismo Beach 43/70
Pozo 34/63
San Luis Obispo 38/69
San Miguel 33/66
Santa Barbara 36/72
Santa Maria 37/70
Santa Ynez 32/70
Shell Beach 43/70
Solvang 33/73
Templeton 33/65
Vandenberg AFB 39/68

Rainfall totals since Sunday

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Santa Barbara County North Coast

Los Alamos 0.42
Twitchell Dam 0.32
New Cuyama 0.17
Sisquoc 0.17
Los Prietos 0.08
Santa Maria 0.07
Solvang 0.07
Buellton 0.07
Sudden Peak 0.07
Cachuma Dam 0.06
Santa Ynez 0.05
Vandenberg 0.01

Santa Barbara County South Coast

Montecito Hills 0.43
Gaviota Coast 0.37
Santa Barbara 0.27
Maria Ygnacio Ridge 0.09
Carpinteria 0.04

Santa Barbara County Mountains And Foothills
Refugio Pass 0.74
El Deseo 0.52
San Marcos Pass 0.27
Gibraltar Dam 0.25
West Big Pine 0.20

San Luis Obispo County Central Coast

Nipomo 0.23
San Luis Obispo 0.22
Cambria 0.20
SLO – Cal Poly 0.17
Oceano 0.04

San Luis Obispo County Interior

Bald Mountain 0.83
Paso Robles 0.32
Lake Lopez 0.29
Atascadero 0.24
Santa Margarita 0.12
Rocky Butte 0.12
Upper Toro Creek Road 0.11
Salinas Dam 0.11
Las Tablas 0.03

San Luis Obispo County Eastern Portion

Branch Mountain 0.62
Shandon 0.51
La Panza 0.43
Carrizo Plain 0.34
Black Mountain 0.32

Forecast turns mild for the balance of the work week

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

The upper air low that gave the Central Coast rain into Monday afternoon is pulling out tonight to leave behind a mild forecast until later this week.

There will be some NW wind over the course of the week as low pressure systems pass to our north.

The forecast picks up again Friday evening as another larger upper low spins up to our east. Like our last system it’ll be cool and unstable. Showers later Friday into Saturday could produce .25″, perhaps as much as .50″

There looks to be another, possible stronger, system Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

February 22nd, 2015 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 53-65 0.01″
Bradley 51-62 0.13″
Cal Poly 54-61 0.11″
CA Valley 37-56 0.08″ Wind Gusts 40mph
Cambria 50-60 0.11″
Corbett Canyon 52-61
Creston 45-56 0.29″
Cuyama 42-56 0.02″
Goleta 55-64 T
Hearst Castle 44-63 0.29″
Lompoc 52-63 0.01″
Nipomo 54-64
Orcutt 48-64 0.29″
Paso Robles 51-60 0.11″
Pismo Beach 56-62
Port San Luis 56-59
San Luis Obispo 54-67 0.01
Santa Barbara 58-64 0.02″
Santa Maria 53-65 T
Santa Ynez 50-59 0.01″
Shandon 50-64 0.09″
Shell Beach 56-62
Solvang 51-67 0.01″
Templeton 50-58 0.05″
Vandenberg AFB 52-61 0.01″

Showers and a chance for thunderstorms to close the weekend

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

A strong low pressure system is moving it’s way through the Central Coast to close the weekend. We have already seen some scattered showers from this system, but heavier showers are expected Sunday evening. This system is bringing with it the possibility of thunderstorms through Sunday night some areas in North County have already seen some of these thunderstorms. These thunderstorms can bring periods of heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and even some hail. This system is expected to stick around until Monday morning, clearing by Monday evening. Total rainfall totals are looking to be about a quarter to just under an inch. Areas hit with thunderstorms could see higher amounts of precipitation. Temperatures will be on the cool side, slightly below normal for this time of year with highs in the 50s and low 60s. Drier and slightly warmer is expected Tuesday. Cooler weather is expected by Friday and it’s looking like another chance for showers next weekend as well.

February 21st, 2015 Weather Watcher Report

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

Arroyo Grande 49-71
Bradley 39-69
CA Valley 29-68
Cambria 50-59
Corbett Canyon 46-65
Creston 41-63
Cuyama 36-68
Goleta 50-67
Hearst Castle 44-63
Lompoc 54-68
Morro Bay 52-61
Orcutt 52-67
Paso Robles 39-64
Pismo Beach 52-63
Port San Luis 53-62
Pozo 35-65
San Luis Obispo 51-62
Santa Barbara 57-69
Santa Maria 53-68
Santa Ynez 46-68
Shell Beach 52-63
Solvang 50-73

Chance for showers for the Central Coast this weekend

By RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY Forecaster

A low pressure system is bringing clouds and cool weather to the Central Coast. We will see a chance for showers for most of the area from Saturday evening through early Monday. Showers are mostly likely Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning. We do have a slight chance for thunderstorms Sunday afternoon into the evening. Temperatures will be in the high 50s and low 60s to close the weekend. We we see slightly warmer temperatures and dryer weather most of the week. Then it looks like we will see a cooling trend late into next weekend.

Feb. 20th, 2015 weather watcher report

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

Arroyo Grande 52/64
Atascadero 48/68
CA Valley 34/72
Cambria 52/60
Corbett Canyon 50/70
Cuyama 41/69
Goleta 49/64
Hearst Castle 50/64
Lompoc 55/64
Los Osos 52/61
Morro Bay 52/60
Nipomo 50/60
Orcutt 53/67
Paso Robles 48/70
Pismo Beach 52/61
San Luis Obispo 50/67
San Miguel 49/70
Santa Barbara 56/69
Santa Maria 57/69
Santa Ynez 50/68
Shandon 45/65
Shell Beach 52/61
Solvang 52/72
Templeton 50/68
Vandenberg AFB 50/65

Sunday showers looking more likely

by Dave Hovde, KSBY Meteorologist

We have had plenty of marine clouds this week but a stronger low-pressure system is dropping into CA, this system originated from the north and is cool and unstable. The track is not great for heavy rain, but it does look to be strong enough to produce scattered showers Sunday and an otherwise gloomy day.

The instability means there is even a very slight chance of a thunderstorm as well in the afternoon or evening on Sunday.

I think the rain potential is generally under .20” however if thunderstorms were to form locally heavier rain is possible.

Highs look in the 60s for the weekend, warmer Saturday than Sunday.

The system lifts out Monday fairly cool conditions will be left behind in the 60s (which is actually seasonal but this winter has been so warm that it’ll seem cool). NW winds (onshore) will be the predominant wind flow for a quiet work week next week.

There are now some questions about a rain system to end the month, the latest guidance shows the track being less favorable (missing us next weekend), but stay tuned as this could change.