I used the current fire map for the LA area as the image in the forecast for Santa Barbara to give a little perspective on the threat in the region as we started to look at the forecast. Even a few days later, the picture is wholly different, with some fires contained, some extinguished and more underway. Santa Barbara did seem to avert the worst of the fires this go around, though there was smoke reported most of the day on Friday as the Getty blaze raged and coupled with easterly winds. Victoria-Weather and Accuweather combined to net the top forecast in the area. Actuals: Friday – High 73, Low 38 Saturday – High 78, Low 40
Unlike our last trip to the Golden State, Santa Barbara is a little bit closer to the fires in Southern California, particularly the recently ignited Easy Fire, burning between Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. What are we looking at for the next couple of days? Respite?
At 753AM, ET, Santa Barbara was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 39 degrees. Shielded by the Coastal Range, and seeing as it is fairly early in the morning, Santa Barbara was shielded from any blustery winds from the interior of the state. In the next couple of days, a coastal trough is forecast to develop and should finally blunt the winds from the east. A little bit of latent moisture may even turn into a Marine Layer, sneaking up the coast by Saturday morning, making for a cool damp beginning to the weekend. Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, with some smoky haze, High 74, Low 40 Saturday – Early fog, then clearing and hazy High 73, Low 42
TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky. High 77, Low 46 Saturday – Sunny. High 76, Low 48
AW: Tomorrow – Delightful with plenty of sunshine High 75, Low 40 Saturday – Delightful with plenty of sunshine High 74, Low 42
NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 80, Low 44 Saturday – Sunny High 77, Low 46
WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 73, Low 42 Saturday – Sunny High 73, Lw 46
WN: Tomorrow – Sunny HIgh 80, Low 44 Saturday – Sunny High 77, Low 46
FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 73, Low 58 Saturday – Clear throughout the day. High 74, Low 61
There are some wild differences on the low temperature forecasts in Santa Barbara. Are these even all the same city? A look at the map shows that the fire danger is a little removed from Santa Barbara, but it should still be monitored.