By Jack Martin on Jan 14, 2023 at 04:27 PM

Good Saturday morning,

Not a lot of changes to our weather from the pattern we have been in in the past 4 weeks. I thought I would start the forecast today with an interesting fact.

As most of us are aware Santa Barbara has flooded this week, and it was pretty much through the lowest areas in Santa Barbara from the ocean and up Salsipuedes.

Do you know the Spanish meaning of this name in English?  It is “Leave if you can”

  • translated from Spanish as "leave if you can." Salsipuedes: Name was given to a marginal neighborhood, located on the outskirts of the municipality of Soledad, Department of Atlántico, Colombia. Do you know any other Meaning of salsipuedes?


SALSIPUEDES - Spanish open dictionary

If you draw a line from the ocean up Salsipuedes that’s where all the flooding was this week.

Back to the weather today and for the next 3 days, it is all about on and off rain. With 2 systems that will roll through us and give good rain totals.

The good news is the rain will be moderate, but not crazy like we saw Monday. The best part of the rains is most lakes and reservoirs will top this weekend.

The rain right now is off to the north in the bay area https://zoom.earth/ the core of the low will drop south during the day today and rain will start up again.

Rain in SLO this morning and dropping into Santa Barbara late morning. Rain rates will be ½ per hour later in the day. (this is half of what Monday's storm was)

Rain totals today will be .75 to 1.5 inches coastal and 1.5 to 3 inches in the mountains. The rain tonight will end overnight, and we will be mostly dry on Sunday.

Sunday night the next storm rolls in. This is much colder and some local mountains in Santa Ynez will see snow.

Rain totals with Monday’s system will be lighter with another .5 to .75 inch coastal and .75 to 1.5 in the mountains.

The rain right now is moving into Paseo robles https://radar.weather.gov/station/KVBX/standard

Now the good news, it now looks like we see light at the end of the tunnel. Starting Tuesday and through the rest of the week we will see dry weather.

An inside slider Thursday, with just some wind, then Friday high pressure, and offshore winds Friday then a dry weekend. The first dry weekend since Christmas.

I might even get a day off after doing 30-plus days in a row. This will be a real treat for all. I don’t know about you, but I need a break from all this rain.

It is a Mission accomplished if we filled all the reservoirs and lakes.

For fun when do you think Lake Cachuma will top? it is at 87.4% right now. My guess is 2 am on Sunday.

Enjoy the last wet weekend, bring back the sun please.

Jack Martin

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Thank you for your great job on the gutter. Now, if it would only rain!
Ray Woolridge