Weather on the Central Coast took a strange turn Wednesday: Quarter-sized hail fell in Creston, and a funnel cloud was seen west of Santa Maria.
“I’ve lived here all my life,” said Jessica Brezden, a 36-year-old Creston resident, “and I’ve never, ever seen this before.”
Brezden was at home when the hail began — about 1:30 p.m., she said — and ran outside to put her chickens and ducks in a coop. The quarter-sized hail lasted for nearly 10 minutes, creating patches of white on the ground that remained for several hours, she said.
“It was like a downpour of rocks,” she said.
Hail of that size is not common in San Luis Obispo County, PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said. Nor is the funnel cloud.
But despite the somewhat unusual weather, not a single area of the county received more than an inch of rain in the 24 hours before 6 p.m. Wednesday. The location that reported the most rain was the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, at 0.44 of an inch. Elsewhere in the county, rainfall totals ranged from as low as 0.02 of an inch in Arroyo Grande, to 0.24 of an inch in Atascadero, to 0.27 of an inch at Cal Poly.
Clear weather is forecast until Friday afternoon, but a cold front could bring more rain Saturday. Total rainfall from that storm could range from 0.33 to 1.25 inches, according to Lindsey. Temperatures will likely remain in the upper 50s and low 60s throughout the week.
24-hour rainfall totals as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 (in inches)
Arroyo Grande (SLOCountyWater.org)
Arroyo Grande, South Halcyon Road
Avila Valley (PG&E Energy Education Center)
Camp San Luis
Creston at Windrose Farm
Creston at Humbug Vineyards
Davis Peak (SLOCountyWater.org)
Hog Canyon (SLOCountyWater.org)
Lopez Dam (SLOCountyWater.org)
Los Osos at Cottontail Lane
Los Osos (SLOCountyWater.org)
Morro Bay Yacht Club (SLOweather.com)
Nipomo, Clamshell Mountain
Paso Robles Municipal Airport
Paso Robles, Union Road & Riverglen Drive
Hwy. 41 and Toro Creek Road
Prefumo Canyon, San Luis Obispo
Santa Maria Public Airport
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
See Canyon at Creekside Farms
Vandenberg Air Force Base
Source: John Lindsey, PG&E