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Scattered Showers Continue with a Chance of Thunder

Rain chances will continue for the next few days as a Pacific storm system sits off to our west. The early part of Thursday will be calm with a few isolated showers, breezy conditions, and partly cloudy skies. Activity will ramp up after lunch. There are some hints of a mid-level disturbance moving through late Thursday which could help generate showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two. The storm’s low pressure center will approach on Friday and send another wave of rain and wind our way. Closer to the low, there will be more instability and the chance of a few embedded thunderstorms. We’ll likely see a final round of precipitation as the low passes early Saturday.


Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated showers, perhaps becoming a bit more numerous later in the day with the slight chance of a thunderstorm. Southerly winds persist, but will not be too strong. Mild and seasonable with highs in the 60s to low 70s.

Overnight: Partly cloudy skies with only an isolated shower or two. Lows will be a touch cooler, but still mild with upper 40s to mid-50s across the region. Patchy fog possible in a few valleys by dawn. Clouds and wind will be on the increase after sunrise.   

…for Coastal Waters from Point Pinos to Point Piedras Blancas California out to 10 nm, in effect from 9AM Friday to 3AM Saturday.

*Southeast winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt 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.

Friday: Partly cloudy early, then becoming mostly cloudy with areas of rain moving through in the afternoon. Embedded thunderstorms are possible. Gusty southerly winds at times. Cooler, with highs in the upper 50s to 60s.

Extended: Final round(s) of showers expected early in the day on Saturday with precipitation tapering off into the evening. Then, high pressure builds in, encouraging offshore flow. Temperatures warm back up to above normal Monday/Tuesday with slight cooling by mid-week.

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 46ºF
HIGH: 66ºF

LOW: 40ºF
HIGH: 68ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for November 23rd – 29th 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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Erika Bratten is a weather forecaster for KION News Channel 5/46.


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