By Jack Martin on Dec 30, 2022 at 09:10 PM

Good Friday morning,

2022 is almost behind us and more rain is on its way. I thought I would start with lake levels.

They are on the rise ever so slowly but look out next week as all the rain starts to flow into our lakes.

Here are the current numbers as of 8 am yesterday https://files.countyofsb.org/pwd/hydrology/Rainfall%20Reports/rainfallreport.pdf

We are at 146% county-wide for the rain of normal to this time of year. we have received around 40% rainfall for the year.

This is all a good start, but the real fun is still to come as we have a series of rain systems coming in the next 2 weeks.

Now let’s talk about the current forecast.

Today, not many action clouds will lead to less rain than we had Thursday, which really did not amount to anything.

It was a Seattle-like day, just damp and cloudy. Today will be one more of these, but even less rain or dampness today.


Tonight the low to the North will move in. We will see some lighter rain prefrontal through Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon the real rain moves in and lasts through midnight. It will be a good storm for Santa Barbara with more rain here and good rain everywhere.

This will bring heavier rain rates of .50 to .75 per hour. all in all 1 to 2 inches coastal 3 inches south foothills in Montecito and 4 inches in the mountains.

New year’s day, is chilly and sunny. Highs will be in the 50s. Overnight Sunday into Monday 30s in the valleys and 40s coastal (cold)

Next week will be very interesting, Monday night we are looking at some more rain, but there will be an extremely strong system Wednesday into Friday.

if all plays out according to the models next week it will be wild with lots of rainfall, and the better news we have another week of rain after that.

Wet through the 10th of January with storm after storm and the atmospheric river combining with all the systems.

This is going to be a great start to 2023!

Enjoy :)

Jack Martin

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