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Wet Wednesday

Wet weather returns to the Central Coast on Wednesday as a disturbance rotating around the larger storm system to our west, pushes through the Monterey Bay Region. Isolated showers will be possible overnight into Wednesday as the air mass moistens. The actual wave mid-afternoon will have enough moisture to make up for the dryer air with light to moderate rain falling for most areas into the early evening. Southerly winds will increase and be strongest with the wave passage late in the day—mostly between 1PM and 9PM. We haven’t seen much wind out of the south since the spring, so it may be easier for debris to be blown around—debris normally sheltered from our more typical wind directions. The outer coast will be impacted the most, but some valley funneling will also be possible. Showers will then follow into Thursday in the marginally unstable air mass. This is all while the main low remains to our west. It will begin to move in on Friday with another shortwave rotating through…


Overnight: Scattered high clouds and occasionally breezy conditions. An isolated shower possible. Lows will be mild with coastal areas in the low to mid 50s and upper 30s to around 50ºF inland.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers early. Gusty south-southeasterly winds at times and highs in the upper 50s to upper 60s. Widespread rain arrives mid-afternoon from the southwest, though inland valleys and even the south side of the bay will experience some rain-shadowing.

… for the near coastal waters of Monterey County from Point Pinos to Point Piedras Blancas in effect from 9AM Wednesday until 9PM Wednesday.

*Southeast winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt and seas 8 to 10 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.

Thursday: Showers linger overnight into Thursday morning then will slowly taper off, leaving partly cloudy skies. Breezy south-southeasterly winds at times Slightly warmer with highs in the 60s to low 70s.

Extended: Instability will be higher Friday, so along with a wave of rain we may see embedded or even discrete thunderstorms. Brief heavier downpours will be possible, although no major flooding issues are expected. Gusty winds are also expected to return. Rain and wind will taper off into late Saturday. High pressure then builds in starting Sunday with offshore winds possible and much warmer, dryer conditions.

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 46ºF
HIGH: 66ºF

LOW: 40ºF
HIGH: 68ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for November 22nd – 28th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory
- ENSO 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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