Central Coast weather report: the door remains open to storms | Local news


The eastern Pacific high acts as a massive roadblock, pushing the storm’s track further north. This month, the eastern Pacific high has moved 2,500 miles northwest of California, allowing high-altitude winds to move southerly and target California directly. In other words, the door is open to storms. Long-term models predict that this 1,041 millibar high will remain anchored in its current position until the end of the year.

Mild to moderate northwest winds (8-18 mph), partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures are expected Friday afternoon through Christmas morning, giving Santa a break.

A cold front will bring freezing breeze for the season, cool to strong southerly winds (19 to 31 mph) and rain on Christmas Day. Snow levels along the central coast will drop to 3,000 feet over Christmas. High temperatures over Christmas will not reach until the 1950s. Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada could drop to 2,000 feet or even slightly lower by Christmas night through early Sunday. The Christmas Day system is expected to produce between 0.75 and 1.25 inches of rain.

Cool to strong northwest winds (19 to 31 mph), partly cloudy skies and dry conditions are forecast for Sunday.

On Monday, another low pressure system will produce moderate to gale force southwesterly winds and rain (32 to 46 mph). At this time, between 0.50 and 0.75 inches of rain is expected, with low levels of snow.

A potentially intense storm could produce moderate to gale force southerly winds (32 to 46 mph) and heavy rain next Wednesday and Thursday, particularly in the Santa Barbara / Ventura area.

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Sea water temperatures will vary between 55 and 57 degrees until Monday.

A sea and swell of 6 to 8 feet southerly (195 degrees, deep water) (with a period of 5 to 13 seconds) are expected along our coast on Saturday, moving from the west-northwest (285 degrees, in deep water) and remaining at that level on Sunday.

Moderate gale force to cool gale force southwest winds (32 to 46 mph) will generate 9 to 11 feet southwestern seas and swells (250 degrees, deep water) (with a period 5 to 11 seconds) on Monday, decreasing to 6 to 8 feet on Tuesday.

Moderate to gale force southerly winds (32 to 46 mph) will generate seas and swells of 10 to 12 feet (190 degrees, deep water) (with a period of 4 to 11 seconds) then Wednesday and Thursday .

John Lindsey is the marine meteorologist for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant and a media relations representative. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.


Dale D. Schrum