Rain Update

By Jack Martin on Nov 21, 2018 at 04:25 PM

Good Wednesday morning,

Here is our next weather system, spinning down the coast in the pacific.

This system has some counter clockwise rotation and will tap into the subtropical jet.

You can see the clouds being pulled up from the south.

https://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/nepac/h5-loop-wv.html

The low however, is still too far north to cause heavy rain now. As the day progresses the low will move closer to our area and create heavier rain. For this morning we might see some light rain from Ventura to SLO. This is mainly a northern event with up to 2/10 in SLO. For us, a few hundredths of an inch. Very light drizzle...

Late this afternoon the rain arrives. This will hit hardest in SLO, but our area will still see good rain totals. Looks like rain will start up in Santa Barbara late in the afternoon. Rain will fall steady for a 3 to 5 hour period and end overnight. Expect 1/2 to 3/4 for Santa Barbara and up to 1 1/2 in SLO. Ventura around 1/2 inch and the same for points south. Santa Barbara hills may see upwards of an inch, due to south winds and the mountains catching the clouds.

This will be a mild event in the freshly burned areas, so that’s good news.

Thursday, dry and cool. Rain is over until through at least next Tuesday. At this point it looks like Friday’s system will stay to the north, and not affect our area. Maybe SLO but not down here.

The weekend will be dry and sunny; off shore flow may develop late in the weekend into next week.

Nor Cal is going to get some much needed rain. The fires to the north has made air quality in the Bay Area like ours was last year.

Rain and wind will improve the air. This will be a nice thanksgiving for them. It has been bad for more than a week.

Ok that’s it for today. I am off to Palm Springs this afternoon, with my kids and 2 new grand babies.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. We will catch up Thursday with rain totals.

Enjoy the rain and Happy Thanksgiving.