Weather, 8/2/17

10:45 am – just got notice of 2 lightening strike wildfire starts off of 58. I will add details as I get them.  Further, Flash Flood Watch issued for parts of SLO Co. One is near Red Hill Rd. The other near Shell Creek Rd.


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* The Cuyama Valley, the San Luis Obispo County Interior Valleys,
the San Luis Obispo County Mountains, and the Santa Barbara
County Mountains.

* Through this evening

* Monsoonal moisture will bring a chance of showers and
thunderstorms to the area. Some thunderstorms may produce
intense downpours which could lead to flash flooding.

* Of particular concern for flash flooding will be locations in
and below the Whittier and Alamo burn areas.

10:15 am – I have been hearing low, distant, rumbling thunder for the last 15 mins. Hope it stays distant.

as of 3:00 AM PDT Wednesday…Radar returns overnight have indicated that showers moved from SLO County into southern Monterey County, although unlikely that we saw
measurable rainfall in our CWA. WV satellite loop clearly shows moisture streaming in from the southeast that is rotating around a strong ridge of high pressure centered over Nevada. This will lead to an increase in showers throughout the day. Latest guidance
is fairly similar from yesterday, so overall the forecast was only slightly modified. Main thinking has possible showers through Monterey and San Benito counties by later today with activity forecast to continue to move northward going into tonight and Thursday. Still looks like a slight chance for convection tomorrow for the Bay Area.

Along with the showers, isolated thunderstorms are possible as the combination of mid-level moisture and heating will put stability parameters (MUCAPE, modified total totals) to favorable levels. Fire weather concerns still a main focus as there is a potential
for any of the thunderstorms to have very little associated precipitation.

Neighbor who leaves for work at the ungodly hour of 4 am saw lightening this am, but fortunately all cloud-to-cloud strikes, no downstrikes. Completely clouded over since dawn here.

As they say in firefighting … heads on a swivel today and possibly tomorrow.

3 thoughts on “Weather, 8/2/17

  1. “As they say in firefighting … heads on a swivel …” and after a week of LA/SD freeways, that’s describes my head perfectly. Eyes in the back of my head would of be useful too. No wonder I am drawn to sun rises and sunsets… and horizons and clouds… and garden and woodworking.
    Mother Nature’s timing… far away… within an arm’s length.
    Grounds me. Centers me.

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