I will probably be in and out today due to very windy and rainy conditions interfering with satellite, power, and sundry other issues like the highjacking of my twitter account by someone around 2 am this morning. I am locked out of my own account. They changed my password and email associated with my account. I am tempted to crawl into bed, pull the covers up over my head, and call it a day.
And on that note I bring you the morning’s forecast, much as we were told to expect:
Key Points-- * Moderate to strong Atmospheric River impacts the region today * Direct threat to life and property from wind and water impacts * Flooding of streets, creeks, and streams is expected * Moderate to major impacts may occur from river flooding * Flash flooding, debris flows, and shallow landslides are possible in complex terrain * Downed trees expected with widespread power outages possible * Difficult to impossible travel for some areas due to road closures The much advertised atmospheric river is taking aim on the central California coast this morning with deep moisture advection spreading inland at this hour. Rainfall so far this morning has been light, generally a few hundredths of an inch per hour or so. However, rain will increase in coverage and intensity through the remainder of the morning as a strengthening surface low approaches the northern and central California coast. As such, southerly winds will strengthen to around at 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Gusts of up to 70 mph are expected along the coast, ridges, peaks and coastal gaps. Winds will be strongest between 4 AM - 12 PM PDT and likely result in downed trees with the potential for widespread power outages. With respect to the rain, the highest rainfall amounts through the day will be in the coastal ranges and inland hills with 2-3" totals from the Santa Cruz Mountains northward and 3-6" in the Santa Lucia ranges with isolated amounts up to 8" in the favored peaks.