January 13th, 2009

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FORECAST DISCUSSION

by Dave Hovde

Offshore winds continue and high temperature records could fall any day this week. The air is also very dry which has leads to cool nights in the wind sheltered spots. Not much change this week, just varying amounts of offshore wind. All this contines for about another 10 days before models suggest a storm system could bring us rain. As I said last week, doesn’t look like a direct hit but we will take it. We are now falling 1-4″ behind on rain with limited time to catch up.

Records could fall: (79 in 1996 at the SLO airport is the record to beat for Tuesday; 78 in 1946 in Santa Maria; 86 in 1991 in Santa Barbara (Goleta); and 70 in 2000 in Paso Robles)

REPORTED HIGH TEMPS (added at 5:06pm)
Arroyo Grande92
Atascadero77
Avila Beach88
CA Valley75
Cambria81
Cayucos81
Corbett Canyon86
Creston79
Cuyama73
Goleta79
Grover Beach84
Guadalupe76
Hearst Castle80
Lompoc81
Los Osos85
Morro Bay83
Nipomo90
Oceano88
Orcutt87
Paso Robles78
Pismo Beach88
Pozo77
San Luis Obispo87
Santa Maria87
Santa Ynez87
Shandon79
Shell Beach87
Solvang81
Templeton76
Vandenberg AFB85

For the record books:

87 in SLO today is a new record for the date. 79 was the record in 1996. The all-time record for January is 88, Jan 17th 1976.

87 in Santa Maria is also a new reocrd for the date. 78 was the record in 1948, normal high is 64.

Santa Barbara (Goleta Airport) was 79 today. It was not a record, 86 in 1991 stands. Normal high 65.

Paso Robles was 78 today, a new record for the date. The old record was 70 in 2000. Average highs are near 60.

Lompoc was 81 today, a tie for the 1983 mark. Average high is 63.

Viewer e-mail

Longtime viewer, Greg, sent this along. To note, KSBP is the identifier for the SLO-Airport equipment:

I forgot 2009 in the KSBP January 3-day hot spell list.
1) 83.0, Jan. 27-29, 1984 (80 ties, 81 breaks it tomorrow)
2) 82.3, Jan. 11-13, 2009
3) 81.7, Jan. 28-30, 1984
4) 80.0, Jan. 26-28, 1984 & Jan. 2-4, 2001

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