Rain forecast for SLO County on Thanksgiving Day

jhickey@thetribunenews.comNovember 26, 2013 

Surfers paddle into some small waves in Pismo Beach on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, the Wave Rider Buoy reported a swell height of 39 centimeters, the smallest swell reading from that buoy since January 2004, when it measured 38 centimeters. Monday's swell was the second-smallest recorded in the buoy's 30-year history.

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Even if the turkey is dry, the streets will be wet on Thanksgiving Day.

About one-third of an inch of rain or less is predicted Thursday afternoon, as a cold front passes through San Luis Obispo County, PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said.

“During a normal winter, that would be a non-story,” Lindsey said. But “it’s been dry for so long that any amount of rain should be put in sharp focus — especially on Thanksgiving, when it’s usually clear, dry and warm.”

Based on records from the Cal Poly weather station, 2013 has been the driest calendar year on record for the area.

Scattered showers may linger through Friday morning, Lindsey said.

For those driving this holiday, extra caution should be taken on roadways, which will be made slippery by the light rains. Rains have been so scarce this year that they haven’t had the chance to wash accumulated oils off the highways, Lindsey said.

Additional unsettled weather is predicted for Dec. 4 to 5.

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