Unseasonal winds whip it up

Strong winds helped create big waves for a surfer at Pismo Beach on Tuesday, while gusts got a windmill to spin at the Farm Supply store on Tank Farm Road in San Luis Obispo.

The windy weather was caused by the interaction of high- and low-pressure areas over California — a pattern that is more typical in spring than in late October, said John Lindsey, a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representative who does local forecasting.

The highest gust measured at PG&E’s lab at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant was 52 mph, Lindsey said. Winds were strongest along the coast; inland, gusts at the airport in San Luis Obispo were up to 30 mph.

Winds will blow out of the northeast this morning and be particularly strong along San Luis Obispo’s east side, Lindsey said. The breeze will turn onshore this afternoon but will not be as strong. Skies will be clear and temperatures will be in the upper 60s to mid-70s.

— Tad Weber