Evening updates, 3/22/11

9 pm – it has been a long, interesting day. I am signing off for the evening, and will be back as soon as I have my coffee, get the gennie started, and get my day started in the am. Not going to be early, I don’t think. I’m getting a little tired. I’ve lost track, but I think it has been a week tomorrow. It started raining about an hour ago, but so far, relatively gentle, but now the wind is picking up. Great. Good night.

First, Pacific Valley School schedule for Weds. 3/23:

I’m forwarding the weather advisory that was emailed to us by Ron Eastwood at the Monterey County Office of Education. As a result of his email Raeanna at Pacific Valley School has decided to start school at
10:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. This is a safety measure to insure students and staff can arrive safely. If you feel as though the weather conditions are not safe we will certainly understand if you do not send your child to school. Some students have been sent home with home study packets so they should be continuing ahead on them. Since we’ll be starting at 10:00 we will not be serving breakfast but will serve lunch at 12:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Bus Times are: Morning Glory pick up at 9:15 a.m
Lucia pick up at 9:20ish a.m.
Cal Trans pick up at 9:50ish a.m.

Please adjust the afternoon drop off time with the bus leaving PV at 3:00 p.m. and heading south first then going to Lucia/Morning Glory.
Thank you for bearing with us during these winter storms.

Lisa Gering
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Second, a flash flood watch has been issued. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH .. LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST.

THIS IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
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And here is the “good” news (kate being facetious)
SATL IMAGERY IS INDC THAT THE SYSTEM OFF THE CENTRAL CA COAST (NEAR 37/129) IS MOVING ENE AT THIS TIME…AND IS INTENSIFYING.

MODELS BEGIN THE RAIN THIS EVENING…WITH THE RAIN BECOMING MODERATE…OR EVEN HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. EVEN THROUGH THE TPW`S ARE LESS THAN ONE INCH…THERE IS STRONG ISENTROPIC LIFT…WHICH IS PERPENDICULAR TO THE COASTAL MOUNTAINS. THEREFORE…RAINFALL RATES COULD BECOME EXCESSIVE. THEREFORE…A FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE COAST AND COASTAL MOUNTAINS FOR LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY (ALSO INCLUDING THE NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY). WINDS WILL BECOME GUSTY TONIGHT…BUT SHOULD REMAIN BELOW ADVISORY LEVELS. NEVERTHELESS…DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES… ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH THE SATURATED SOILS ARE VERY POSSIBLE. THE NAM12 IS INDC A DECENT AMOUNT OF INSTABILITY WED AFTN AND EVENING…SO HAVE ADDED THUNDER TO THE FORECAST ACROSS THE DISTRICT.

RIGHT ON THIS SYSTEMS HEELS WILL BE THE NEXT UPSTREAM SYSTEM WILL BRING WARM ADVECTION RAINS STARTING WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM COULD EVEN BE STRONGER THAN THE SYSTEM TONIGHT/WEDNESDAY. RAINFALL COULD BE EXCESSIVE AT TIMES…SO IT WOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE IF ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS ISSUED. WINDS WILL BE GUSTY WITH DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES ONCE AGAIN.

5 thoughts on “Evening updates, 3/22/11

  1. Sunny day so we made a previously unplanned run all the way to San Luis Obispo and return. Left at 8:30, SLO at 11:15, left there at 2 and back on Pfeiffer Ridge at 4:30/

    Some scary roads and roadwork but it was sunny and easy, albeit long, driving. Can advise others on where to find costco etc.

    If you don’t HAVE to go to Monterey this is a much easier “town” drive than all the way around……. and we are now (again) stocked up for at least a month if need be.

    good luck to all.

    the job caltrans doing down south is encouraging….. they seem to know how to deal with mother nature “shrugging her shoulders”.. while its a HUGE hassle we do appreciate them.

    By the way Fedex made it to Big sur Today!

    Anne Ashley

  2. Thanks for the report, Anne. LOL. Now, Big Sur proper is getting an idea of how long our town runs are all the time down here! I am 45 mins from highway, which makes it 1 and 1/2 hours to either King City or Cambria. 2 hours to SLO or Monterey, so you did good to get home in 2 and 1/2 hours! But now you have a really good idea about what the conditions are down here!

    *muah*

  3. Thanks Kate for another informative day. You take some time to yourself and your family, enjoy and be safe. Your heart is so large and your networking is the best. I hope you sleep well.

  4. Luis is heading over NF later this afternoon from Big Sur. Can you let us know how that is looking today? 4WD necessary etc.
    THANKS!!!!

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