It’s weather whiplash time again: A set of warm winter storms brought much-needed rainfall to the North Coast, but not as much as had been predicted. Next, the Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend is expected to be mostly sunny and warm, with daytime highs hovering around 70 at the shore and in the 80s inland.
Precipitation totals varied wildly along the North Coast, as usual. John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist, reported 6.85 inches fell on Rocky Butte, northeast of town, while 1.32 inches fell on the Decker ranch south of Cambria and 1.67 inches fell at the Top of the World neighborhood of Cambria. Bill and Shirley Bianchi said their home (about 5 miles inland from Highway 1 on San Simeon Creek Road) got about 3 inches of rain in the storm.
Sharp winds that accompanied the sporadic, sometimes heavy, rain sent at least one tree crashing down. According to Fire Department records, a large fallen tree blocked part of Burton Drive at Orville Place on Saturday morning. But no storm-related damage, injuries or flooding in Cambria was reported to the fire department.
Sliding dirt and rocks that fell on Highway 1 north of Ragged Point triggered a road closure overnight Sunday, Feb. 8, but the scenic highway reopened later the next day, according to Jim Shivers of Caltrans.