No rain on the horizon for the rest of January, local forecaster says

The December deluge has rapidly given way to a dry January, normally one of the wettest months of the rainy season.

Last month, the rain gauge at Cal Poly recorded 9.66 inches, making it the wettest December since 1996.

But this month has been the reverse, said John Lindsey, a local forecaster. So far, 2.89 inches have been measured at Cal Poly, the official record for climatology in San Luis Obispo.

All that rain fell on the first two days of the month, said Lindsey, a communications representative with PG&E.

The normal rainfall for January in San Luis Obispo is 5.17 inches. And with no new storms on the horizon, reaching that amount probably won’t happen, Lindsey said.

“A dry weather pattern should hold into the middle part of next week or longer,” Lindsey said. “Still no signs of any widespread rainfall over the next 10 days to two weeks.”

Strong winds along the coastline today should cool things down a notch, with San Luis Obispo expected to have a high of 70. Daytime highs will fluctuate over the next week, but generally, temperatures will be in the high 60s to mid-70s countywide.

A high surf advisory has also been issued today for the coast because of a large west-to-northwest swell. The National Weather Service said the advisory will be in place through 10 a.m. Thursday. Surf up to 10 to 12 feet along west- and northwest-facing beaches is possible, and rip currents may also occur, warned the Weather Service.