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WEATHER STORY
We are in the middle of our dry season, but we’ve been talking about moisture an awful lot lately! Monsoon moisture has been the main event, sending clouds and even a few showers through our area on recent days. However on Tuesday, we’ll see moisture from a different source: Frank. Frank is a tropical cyclone in the Eastern Pacific. It was a hurricane at one point but has lost its tropical characteristics. Frank is NOT expected to “make landfall” on the California Coast. Frank is heading over cold water and will dissipate. However, its moisture will begin to stream in high over our area Tuesday. We’ll likely just see scattered to broken high clouds and that’s about it. Boy, that was a big explanation just to talk about some extra clouds on Tuesday, but you won’t get that from your app! Heh.

For the rest of the week, we’ll be on the edge of the monsoon moisture plume which means occasional high clouds and slightly elevated humidity. As for temperatures, we’ll likely see seasonable to slightly warm conditions as the overall air mass remains warm. At the moment, we’re not seeing any rain chances, but with all the moisture present, we’ll be watching closely.

AIR QUALITY: GOOD


Wednesday: Morning low clouds, then becoming mostly clear for all areas. Seasonable on the coast with highs in the 60s-70s, but warm inland with 80s to low 100s. Still slightly muggy. Winds pick up for inland valleys in the afternoon and early evening.

Overnight: Fog slowly develops around coastal Monterey Bay, and will likely be dense at times. A bit of light drizzle can't be ruled out. Lows remain in the upper 50s to mid 60s inland; mid 50s at the coast.

Thursday: The coast cools noticeably with most spots in the mid 60s under partly cloudy skies. High clouds will approach out of the south early in the afternoon, bringing some cloud cover to the interior as well. Inland highs will also cool into the mid to lower 80s.
 
Extended: Coastal temperatures will cool a bit past mid-week as the marine layer stabilizes a bit, but in general, temperatures will remain seasonable. Inland areas will remain warm with upper 70s to low 100s through the weekend. Expect the summer winds to continue for valleys each afternoon.
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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 55ºF
HIGH: 70ºF

--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 53ºF
HIGH: 86ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for August 10th - 16th  calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and near normal* precipitation.

*Note: Little to no precipitation typically falls this time of year.
- El Niño/La Niña STATUS: La Niña Advisory

- Forecast: Weak La Niña into the Fall

-Area drought status: “
Severe Drought” for most of the viewing area with “Extreme Drought” in southern San Benito and southeastern Monterey Counties. The southeastern third of San Benito County has been upgraded to “Exceptional Drought”

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