More rain coming to SLO County this week

slinn@thetribunenews.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Scattered showers will bring more moisture Thursday following a low-pressure system Sunday that soaked most of the Central Coast.

A high-pressure ridge will produce partly cloudy to mostly clear and dry weather and near-normal temperatures through Wednesday, according to John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist.

On Thursday, a cold front will usher in cooler conditions and a tenth of an inch to a quarter-inch of rain, Lindsey said. He predicted more clear, dry weather Friday through Monday.

“Most of the storms coming in are going to stay north” of Big Sur, he said.

On Sunday, most of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County received between a half-inch and an inch of rain.

According to Lindsey, the most rain received during the 24-hour period was 1.41 inches, reported by a homeowner in San Luis Obispo’s Prefumo Canyon neighborhood.

On the other end of the scale, the Hog Canyon rain station in Paso Robles received 0.32 inches, while the Santa Maria Public Airport had 0.17 inches.

“This is the most rain we’ve had since Dec. 22, 2012,” Lindsey said, the last time San Luis Obispo County received more than an inch of rain in one 24-hour period. “That’s just amazing.”

Although the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is advertising below average rainfall for February, March and April, “There’s a chance that we at least come close to those averages for February and March,” Lindsey said.

Normally, San Luis Obispo would receive around 4.61 inches of rain in February and 3.37 inches in March, he said.

“At least it gives us hope that we’re entering more of a normal winter weather pattern,” Lindsey said.

Rainfall totals

Here’s a look at the 24-hour rainfall totals, in inches, from SLO County communities as of Monday morning, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

Arroyo Grande0.50"
Avila Beach0.79"
Avila Valley0.63"
Baywood Park0.78"
Cal Poly1.02"
Camp San Luis1.02"
Condor Lookout0.48"
Diablo Canyon0.83"
Islay Hill0.59"
Hog Canyon0.32"
Los Osos0.91"
Mission College Prep0.95"
Morro Bay0.86"
Oak Shores0.50"
Paso Robles Airport0.70"
Pismo Beach0.49"
Point San Luis Lighthouse0.54"
Santa Margarita1.19"
San Luis Obispo County Airport0.64"
San Simeon0.43"
See Canyon0.81"
Shell Beach0.40"
Sunset Palisades0.59"

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