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A dash of drizzle

This post could also be titled “DISASTER STRIKES SOCAL” Santa Barbara reported a hundredth of an inch of rain yesterday, all of it falling (all of it.. hah) before 10AM. The top spot went to Weatherbug and Victoria Weather, who tied a few points ahead of everyone else.
Actuals: Thursday – High 73, Low 56
Friday – .01 inches of rain, High 71, Low 61

Grade: C

Santa Barbara, California to Champaign, Illinois

4 days from the California Coast to the Plains. That should be interesting. Wall, it will be be a pretty stark change in scenery at least. The drive is 2096 miles, which, as I said, we will cover in 4 days. Those days will be 538.7 miles apiece (save for a shorter final day, though not by much) at 67.3mph. That’s a swift pace for some mountain driving! Let’s go ahead and take this show on the road, shall we?


The main feature across the country this weekend will be a broad area of low pressure over the Pacific Northwest that is going to bring a bit of a nastiness for the middle of the month up in the Cascades. But that’s the Pacific NORTHwest. We will be driving in the southwest. No problems for us as we sidle on up to Parks, Arizona, west of Flagstaff.

A lee trough will begin developing over the Front Range in southern Colorado, and there will be some showers and storms developing in southern New Mexico in the late afternoon. This won’t be a problem for us in northern Arizona and New Mexico, but is likely a sign of things to come. The day will end in San Jon, New Mexico. San Jon? Awesome. We will be between Tucumcari and the Texas border.

A cold front will really take shape across Oklahoma as we try to make our way through the Sooner State. The early part of the day should be pretty good, and we will make it through the Texas Panhandle unscathed, simply collecting dust. The front will be a stalled boundary that lies essentially along I-44. We will need to take I-44. The threat for thunderstorms will begin around Elk City, but will really pick up as we approach Oklahoma City. As we head north for the last few hours of the day, we will be in prime severe weather territory. It’s not going to be a solid squall, I don’t think, but when we hit those massive storms, our ground speed may be matched only by the crosswinds created by the thunderstorm downdrafts. It might be time to pull off the road around Fairland in northeastern Oklahoma. This part of the world has had an awful track record for severe weather of late, so be aware, if you are a believer in karma, or bad vibes.

The system, at least where it stands as a severe threat, will be short lived. Latent moisture and a little bit of a disturbed flow will make Missouri and southern Illinois cloudy. There is a chance for showers through the day, with that threat picking up the closer we get to Champaign, though even then, the threat won’t be very high, as another system rears it’s ugly head in the upper Midwest, introducing a clearing, warming flow over the Plains.

Santa Barbara, Califonia

My understanding is that Santa Barbara is a nice place.

At 253PM, PT, Santa Barbara was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees. It was mostly cloudy, despite a gentle off shore breeze. Satellite indicated that the patch of clouds over Santa Barbara was very small, and the sun will soon be out.
Models indicate some low level moisture hugging the coast for the next two days, with little organized synoptic structure. This probably means a pair of mornings dealing with low clouds and fog. There may be a spot of drizzle as well, but by afternoon, expect the sun to poke out.
Tomorrow – Morning fog and drizzle, High 72, Low 57
Saturday – More clouds and fog, with a bit of drizzle early, High 67, Low 56

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 76, Low 60
Saturday – Partly Cloudy High 70, Low 57

AW: Tomorrow – Low clouds followed by some sun High 73, Low 57
Saturday – Low clouds followed by some sun High 68, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, drizzle after 11pm High 76, Low 62
Saturday – A chance of drizzle before 11am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, High 69, Low 59

WB: Tomorrow – Low clouds and fog in the morning then partly cloudy. High 74, Low 60
Saturday – Low clouds and fog in the morning then partly cloudy. High 70, Low 59

V-W and ourselves are the only ones calling for drizzle. Interesting, to say the least. Satellite shows a little splotch of clouds over Santa Barbara.

Marine Layerless

It seemed as though temperatures in coastal California should be pretty static through the weekend. Temperatures don’t warm or cool too much when there is a nice blanket of clouds that doesn’t leave until the afternoon. As it turned out, the marine layer wasn’t really a problem for Santa Barbara, which meant the forecasts were. Temperatures were conversely warmer and colder than forecast indicated because the marine layer just wasn’t as persistent as planned. Accuweather ended up with the top forecast, but not by much.
Actuals: Saturday: High 72, Low 51
Sunday – High 75, Low 50

Grade: C

Santa Barbara, California

Ah California, my home for 5 years. Today, we see how nice it is in Santa Barbara, a lovely city along the SoCal shoreline. I was even accepted and seriously thought about attending UCSB back when pondering colleges, but ultimately decided to come to the Midwest. Let’s take a look at the weather I left behind as we move into the weekend!

At 8:53pm PDT, the temperature in Santa Barbara was 70 degrees under fair skies. A large, slow-moving low pressure system is sitting off the coastline of the Pacific Northwest, with a cold front inching inland over WA/OR. With a strong high pressure ridge in the Southern US, however, not much is really moving along through the Western US currently. This system over the Northwest will essentially stall out and continue spinning its wheels over the next couple of days. A general onshore flow will lead to low clouds creeping inland during the early morning hours along with fog, but then burn off later in the morning, giving way to sunny skies. All-in-all, should be a lovely weekend!

Saturday: Morning clouds and fog, giving way to afternoon sunshine. High 69, Low 57.
Sunday: More of the same as Saturday, with clouds burning off quicker though. High 70, Low 54.

TWC: Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 68, Low 55.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 68, Low 55.

AW: Saturday: Low AM clouds, then sunny. High 69, Low 54.
Sunday: Low morning clouds once again, then sunny. High 70, Low 53.

NWS: Saturday: Morning clouds. High 70, Low 55.
Sunday: Increasing clouds. High 70, Low 54.

WB: Saturday: Partly cloudy, some morning drizzle. High 68, Low 57.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 68, Low 56.

Here we see most of the clouds with the associated frontal system over the West Coast further north than our seaside location. Not much will change in the next couple of days either, so looks to be a gorgeous weekend!