Are You Ready for the Action?

By Jack Martin on Mar 21, 2018 at 02:39 PM

Ok, game is on....

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/nepac/h5-loop-ft.html

The system was going to start out slow yesterday, with only light rain to start. It did remain quieter than expected, with most areas getting 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch before 4 am.

At 4:30 am, the heavier rain started, and this will only get heavier. The atmosphere is saturated to the ground, so anything that falls from the sky, lands on you.

Today and tonight is going to get wild. Heavy rain will fall over the next 36 hours.

Rain is picking up in the Santa Maria area and Santa Ynez, with moderate rain here.

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/scripts/animate.php?root=radar_cr&list=VBX_7.png,VBX_6.png,VBX_5.png,VBX_4.png,VBX_3.png,VBX_2.png,VBX_1.png,VBX_0.png

The heavy rain will reach Santa Barbara late this morning and Ventura early this afternoon. Rain is going to be heavy throughout the day and night.

Tonight, we have a chance of thunder showers. Where these occur, rain rates will climb to 1 to 1 1/4 inch per hour. That will be the true test... If you stayed in your house in Montecito last night, well the event is today and tonight…

I suggest getting out of there and watch from a friend’s living room or hotel.

Don’t be lulled to think this storm will not meet the hype, because it will....

Looks like we will have steady rain through Thursday, then begin to taper to showers.

Looks like the sun will begin to return on Friday. The weekend should be dry.

This system has good south flow. That means the mountains of Santa Barbara and Montecito will get the most rain...

Have a good rainy day, try to stay dry... I wish I could say the same....

Here is what we are expecting over the next 18 hours.

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?new&wfo=lox&afos=laxqpslox