Jack's Weather Report


By Jack Martin on Mar 17, 2020 at 06:18 PM

Happy St Patrick’s Day! 

Good Tuesday morning, 

What a great day in Santa Barbara it was on Monday. The test truly came yesterday with Montecito receiving 3.5 inches of rain in 24 hours and all the streams and creeks flowed perfect.

It was close at one point and CHP was poised to close the 101, but the rain began to back off. Romero Canyon received 1 inch of rain in 30 minutes which started the Rise of the creeks and stream.


By Jack Martin on Mar 16, 2020 at 03:37 PM

Good wet Monday morning, 

Pretty impressive looking low pressure system to the north over the Bay Area. 


This is bringing us pre-frontal rain this morning, before the low continues it southward.

Movement. Today will pretty much be rainy all day, with heavier rain moving in north to south. Right now the central coast is feeling the heavier rain, here in SB this will arrive in the next few hours, Ventura late morning to noon and LA in the afternoon.


Rain rates will be at a peak of 1/2 per hour. With rain totals .75 to 1.5 coastal and up to 3 inches in the mountains. Tonight the snow levels drop to 3500 feet and local mountains will see 4 to 8 inches. Tuesday the front opens and our weather changes from steady rain to showers. You will even see some sunshine on Tuesday.


By Jack Martin on Mar 16, 2020 at 03:25 PM

Good Sunday morning, 

Rain, Rain, Rain. Well we asked for it and it is here now. 

This rain is what Seattle gets all the time. No huge amounts, but enough to keep you indoors. This is also why I moved out of there...... rain Saturday was spotty again with 1/2 to 1/10 in total.


Today more of the same. No heavy downpours just a Seattle like rain.

Tonight a low pressure system, in Seattle of course, drops south into the Bay Area. 


By Jack Martin on Mar 16, 2020 at 03:17 PM

Good Saturday morning,

Lets stick with weather and leave the other to deal with the other stuff.

Friday was a pretty interesting day with light rain a lot of the day. Oddly enough, there was no rain in Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara got .40 on Friday.

All in all the rain totals are adding up, and we still have only higher chances for rain for the next week.


Pretty good numbers for the past week, and now the ground is pretty saturated.


This will be good news for the rains all next week. Even if we do not really know how much we will see….What we do know so far…..


By Jack Martin on Mar 16, 2020 at 02:35 PM

Happy Friday the 13th. Not sure if I even want to be near the stock market after the beating, it has taken this week. But Friday the 13th is a lucky day for them so far, with DOW up 1000 points. 

As far as weather goes, finally that cut off low is moving out of the area. Now centered over the California - Arizona border. We are still having a chance of wrap around moisture through this morning.  



By Jack Martin on Mar 12, 2020 at 04:22 PM

Good Thursday morning,

Wow what a week for weather and that Virus…..sporting events gone.. Wow!!!

Weather wise, quite an interesting system that has been hanging around all week. It is South of us at around LAX.

The low is going to move East today and ramp up the rain chances again. Looks like late morning, early afternoon we will see wrap around moisture mainly over the mountains, but will likely spill into our coastal areas since they are so close. So expect more rain today…


By Jack Martin on Mar 11, 2020 at 02:29 PM

Good Wednesday morning,

As we all know, the rain kicked in yesterday finally after the mis-behaved cut off low finally moved in. “that Bad child is grounded“

The low created quite a mix of weather yesterday with heavy downpours to sunshine. “I felt like I was back in Hawaii”

Because this is exactly how the weather was there. Today is really no different with the movement of the low. It is just floating out there.


By Jack Martin on Mar 10, 2020 at 02:22 PM

Good Tuesday morning, 

Yes, the rain finally arrived. My rain alarm was walking into my office at 4am with Pearl being wet. So I knew the rain was starting.

What can we say about cut off lows. They are a forecaster pain in the ......

They tend to spin and move as they please. This one is 400 miles west of point conception now. It was forecast to be 350 miles west yesterday .50 mile makes a big difference. Regardless the rain event is now here. This of course is fueled by the subtropical moisture. This you can see with the yellow color on the satellite.


By Jack Martin on Mar 09, 2020 at 02:37 PM

Good Monday morning, 

As sunrise approaches, so does rain for SLO and northern SB county. 

The rain is just starting up in Lompoc and will spread over the areas in the next few hours.


The low pressure system does look quite impressive, but is spinning 600 miles west of point conception.


By Jack Martin on Mar 09, 2020 at 02:29 PM

Good Sunday morning, 

Waking up and looking at the different clocks is a challenge. Which ones are right?

Walking outside will tell you it is really an hour earlier, because it is still dark at 6:30 am.

The rain on Saturday was more wide spread then we were expecting. Carpinteria received .26 and Santa Barbara .00.

Other areas were also all over the board. I guess if you averaged all areas, the 1/10 of an inch was just about right on.