By Jack Martin on Feb 25, 2023 at 06:44 PM

Good Saturday morning,

Hope everyone slept well and stayed dry. It has been a wild week and now we will go into phase 3 of the storm.

The low-pressure system is just off-point conception spinning ever so slowly south and east. https://zoom.earth/#view=32,-109.8,5z/map=live

What does this mean for us? Today steady rain will now turn to showers. because this air is so cold it will squeeze out any moisture in the clouds.

Rain is showery with very heavy at times. Thundershowers and small tornados are all possible, and of course snow above 2500 feet. Highs will get to the low 50s only, and the snow level 2500 to 3500.

Tonight the rain will stop, and we will have a break for Sunday. Short-lived because the next system is right on top of this one. Sunday night rain returns into Monday.

This system is a lot weaker with no southern support and moisture starved. what does that mean? 1/3 to 2/3 of an inch of rain.

Tuesday through Thursday we will have a series of inside sliders, this translates to wind and very little moisture along with colder weather.

snow below 4000 feet and highs along the coast in the mid-50s.

The biggest impact today will be the freeway with the grapevine being closed because of snow. 101 will be a place to avoid. Unfortunately, next week the inside sliders will give more snow to the grapevine, so heavy traffic on the 101 is likely through midweek. The good news is Friday and into the weekend we warm up to the low 60s. “I would prefer the 70s”, but we will take what we get.

2023 has been quite a year for all the crazy rain, wind, and snow. On top of that, Tuesday is a leap year, so we have an extra day and all babies born on that day will have a birthday every 4 years only. Just think, I am 63, and 63 divided by 4= 15.75 that be pretty cool. Right now we have received 2.5 to 6 inches of rain with this storm. https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/scripts/getlocal.php?prod=LAXRRMSBA don’t look at carp, at 16.79 someone’s math is messed up 😊. Heavier rain has now shifted to the south https://radar.weather.gov/station/KVBX/standard this one shows it best https://radar.weather.gov/station/KVTX/standard

When you wake up, look at the mountains. It should be very pretty looking at the mountains in Santa Ynez. Here we may see some snow up high in our local coastal mountains.

at 8 am the season's rain totals will be out, and it will be fun to look at the total for this historical year. The snowpack is just crazy with Mammoth receiving 35 feet of snow to date.

The craziness will continue into the spring, which we hope is right around the corner. The central valley however will not be excited about the snow melt, because the flooding there will be crazy.

March arrives on Wednesday, and hopefully, this will be the worst of the rain for the season.  Spring showers are fine, but I want the 70s to return.

The great news is daylight savings starts on March 12 just 2 weeks away. We will all be happy to welcome longer evenings again.

The great news is that all the rain of the year has filled the lakes and we will not hear about water restrictions for years to come. “I wonder if water rates will come down ?” 

For some reason I doubt it.

Here are the totals for the year as of Friday at 8am. The numbers will be much higher today https://files.countyofsb.org/pwd/hydrology/Rainfall%20Reports/rainfallreport.pdf

still, we are way ahead OF ANY YEAR for rain totals.

Have fun today, stay off the 101 and close to home. Sunday would be a good day to visit the snow in the local mountains. Figueroa Mountain will be popular on Sunday.

Ok, I got up way too early today, I must get ready for a workday, as Action Roofing is open for business today. Fixing leaks and covering up roofs.

Have a great day!

Jack Martin

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