Thomas Fire - Day 13 and Weekend Weather

By Jack Martin on Dec 15, 2017 at 05:33 PM

Ok, where do we start. Well it is going to be about the shift in winds tonight.

Today winds will do exactly what they have done the past few days. Northeast to start the day, then shift southwest late morning. This has let firefighters use back burns in the creek and valley areas in Montecito. They burned up all the fuel from the bottom to top creating a fire break.

The fire moves around 1/2 to 1 mile west each day. It is now over San Ysidro hills. moving toward Westmont College area. I do not think it will get that far west today, but possibly Saturday.

Tonight and Saturday are going to be the danger period.

A weak front from the north will pass through today. This will not affect us until it passes. Tonight, we will see the north and northwest winds come up. It will also be windy during the day Saturday. Winds can blow up to 40 miles an hour in the hills towards structures on the ocean side of the mountain.

Saturday night a Santa Ana wind sets up again. This will blow Ventura and south. For us ,we will welcome calmness again. Critical time for Montecito is from sunset tonight though midday on Saturday.

Beyond that who really cares right now....

but no rain in site. Off shore winds again...

Thursday night next week, another north front passes and winds from the north and northwest pick up again.

Let’s hope we can get this thing out by then.....

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-119.64350493164055&lat=34.44045161277701#.WjPfQ6aIafB