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Pumpkin Spice Roller Coaster

It took a cold front to give us a taste of “local summer,” and I’m happy to say most areas will get another day or two of that warmth, but it won’t last much longer. Northwesterly surface flow picks up a bit on Wednesday with gusty winds expected especially for exposed coastal areas. Stronger winds off the water will cool the Monterey Peninsula from Tuesday’s highs, but downsloping winds off the Santa Cruz Mountains will keep the north side of the bay nice and warm. The overall temperatures of the air mass above us doesn’t change much day to day, so most inland areas will experience another seasonably warm day on Wednesday. Slightly cooler air will then slowly move in with the northwesterly flow which will be more noticeable by Friday as a strong trough begins to dig down the West Coast. Latest projections allow for that low to tap into some moisture, so by the time it reaches our area, there is potential for rain—probably showers and maybe a thundershower—to develop. Highs will likely fall to the 60s for both the coast and inland areas, so like I said, don’t get too used to “local summer.” With that said, offshore flow behind the low will likely warm us back up into next week. Pull the bar down and lock it in—we’ll be in for a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the next week.


…for Coastal Waters from Point Pinos to Point Piedras Blancas California out to 10 nm. In effect from 9PM Tuesday to 3AM Thursday for

*Northwest winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt and seas 8 to 13 ft expected.

*Strong winds will cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions.

*Beach Hazards*
… for the immediate coast of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in effect until 5PM Wednesday.

This statement replaces the High Surf Advisory that expired at 11PM Tuesday.

*Large breaking waves of 12 to 16 ft expected.

*Dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion.

*Northwest swell is starting to diminish but large breaking waves are still possible through Wednesday afternoon.

Remain out of the water to avoid hazardous swimming conditions.

Overnight: Mostly clear gusty northwest winds on the coast and breezy conditions elsewhere. Lows in the 50s for most coastal areas with 40s-50s for inland valleys.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warm once again. Expect coastal highs in the mid-60s to low 80s—warmest on the north side of the bay—and upper 70s to upper 80s inland. Gusty northwesterly winds at times. Low clouds increase on the south/east sides of the bay late.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy early, becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon. Slightly cooler with coastal highs in the low 60s to upper 70s—warmest on the north side of the bay—and mid 70s to upper 80s inland. Gusty northwesterly winds at times.

Extended: Temperatures begin to cool on Friday and will bottom out in the 60s on Saturday with a chance for showers. Then, expect warming into next week under mostly sunny skies.

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 70ºF

LOW: 49ºF
HIGH: 83ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for October 3rd – 9th calls for the likelihood of near normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory
- Forecast: Strong to Very Strong El Niño expected this winter.
-Area drought status: Currently drought-free

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Dann Cianca is the chief meteorologist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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