Are You Ready For Some Excitement?!

By Jack Martin on Jan 18, 2017 at 05:04 PM

Ok, here we go. It is going to be a 1,2,3 punch. Each rain system is going to get stronger as the week goes on. We are going to have fun watching levels at Cachuma finally rise for the first time since 2011.

When will the rain start today?

Well if you look at the satellite radar you can see the first sign of rain moving into the north part of the forecast area.

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Rain will stay away from our area for most of the day. Just expect cloudy skies during the day. Rain will start around 4 pm in SLO and drop south.

Santa Ynez should see rain around 5 pm and Santa Barbara around 6. Rain will drop to the south each few hours arriving in LA late tonight. Everyone will see 3 to 5 hours of steady rain, moderate to heavy at times.

This will turn to showers over night with good totals of 3/4 to 1 1/2 coastal and 1 to 3 inches mountains.

Thursday looks like a dry day. You will be able to get out and mop up the mess, before the next one arrives early Friday morning. Santa Barbara will see rain by dawn, and it will be a very wet day.

Showers will exist into Saturday morning, but Saturday again should be a dry day. Another good rainfall with this one. It will bring us more totals than the first system.

System #3 -  This one..... is going to be the beast.

It will arrive sometime Sunday morning into the Afternoon. After really wet two previous storms, this is going to rain straight into all our reservoirs. This will be the strongest, and last longer than the previous 2. Expect 1.5 to 3 inches coastal and 5 inches in the hills. This one has great south flow, so Santa Barbara will get hammered much harder than other locations.

Monday maybe some left over showers. Tuesday looks to be sunny.

We are going to get significant rainfall from these systems. Thank you to the man upstairs. We need it, and a special thank you to the city officials for getting the desalination plant on line.

They are now 2 for 2 in drought years. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

I guess I will be working all weekend.