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Rain Returns Overnight

Air Quality (as of 12:30AM)
GOOD for all reporting areas.
Active weather expected over the next week with a series of storms bringing rain and wind to the region. The first arrives late tonight into Wednesday morning with moderate winds and light to moderate rain. A second system arrives late in the week with a third, possibly strongest out of the weekend into early next week.   

… for the “North Coast” of Santa Cruz County until 4AM Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected around to just after midnight.

-South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts 30 to 45 mph expected, locally up to or exceeding 50 mph in the windiest locations.

-Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

A 35 to 50 mph low level jet located a few hundred to a couple thousand feet above the surface has the potential to occasionally mix down and result in gusty southerly winds overnight.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Overnight: Rain begins after midnight for areas around the Monterey Bay. Light to moderate rain can be expected for most coastal areas with lingering showers through dawn. Inland areas, especially in the south, won’t see much if any. Lows mainly in the 40s on the coast and 40s to 50s inland. Expect strong southerly winds for exposed coastal areas and the higher terrain, but only occasional breezy conditions for most populated areas and valley bottoms.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy on the coast with occasional light showers. Breezy at times for most areas, gusty at times for the higher terrain and exposed coast. Inland areas will be partly cloudy with occasional light showers mainly in the north. Expect coastal highs in the upper 50s to 60s with upper 50s to low 70s inland.

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles possible. Breezy at times. Highs mainly in the 60s on the coast and 60s-70s inland.

Extended: The next weather system arrives early on Friday with more light to moderate rain and occasional gusty winds. We’ll get a brief break on Saturday before a potentially stronger, wetter system Sunday into Monday. Stay tuned to the forecast!

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 50ºF
HIGH: 71ºF
LOW: 46ºF
HIGH: 79ºF


-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for October 27th – November 2nd calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: La Niña Advisory
-Forecast into Winter: Weak La Niña

-Area drought status: “
Extreme Drought” for the entire viewing area with the far southeastern corner of Monterey County and far eastern San Benito County considered “Exceptional Drought”

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Dann Cianca

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


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