A clear, windy start for April with rain ex­pected later in week

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY JOHN LIND­SEY

A pat­tern of mod­er­ate to fresh (13 to 24 mph) Santa Lu­cia (north­east­erly/off­shore) winds de­vel­op­ing dur­ing the morn­ing hours, shift­ing out of the north­west (on­shore) and in­creas­ing to strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) lev­els through Mon­day.

This pat­tern will pro­duce mostly clear skies dur­ing the morn­ing and af­ter­noon hours, with ma­rine low clouds de­vel­op­ing dur­ing the evening hours along the coast­line. Day­time highs will top out in the mid to up­per 70s into Mon­day.

The ma­rine layer will re­turn Tues­day into Wed­nes­day with ar­eas of night and morn­ing driz­zle/light rain and cooler tem­per­a­tures. The weather model runs are still ad­ver­tis­ing rain show­ers Thurs­day into Fri­day as a late sea­son low-pres­sure sys­tem moves to­ward the Cen­tral Coast.

The as­so­ci­ated cold front is fore­cast to move through San Luis Obispo and Santa Bar­bara coun­ties on Satur­day with gusty southerly winds and mod­er­ate rain.

Please re­mem­ber, th­ese are long-range models and will prob­a­bly change.

SURF RE­PORT

Strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) north­west­erly winds will gen­er­ate a 4- to 6-foot north­west­erly (305de­gree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 5- to 16-se­cond pe­riod) through Tues­day. A 3- to 5-foot north­west­erly (290-de­gree, deep-water) swell (with an 8- to 14-se­cond pe­riod) is fore­cast along our coast­line Wed­nes­day into Fri­day. A 12- to 14foot west- north­west­erly (285-de­gree, deep-water) swell (with a 15- to 17sec­ond pe­riod) is fore­cast along our coast­line Satur­day into next Sun­day.

Sea­wa­ter tem­per­a­tures will con­tinue to range be­tween 53 and 56 de­grees through Fri­day.

THE WEATHER MODEL RUNS ARE AD­VER­TIS­ING RAIN SHOW­ERS THURS­DAY INTO FRI­DAY AS A LOW-PRES­SURE SYS­TEM MOVES TO­WARD THE CEN­TRAL COAST.

John Lind­sey’s col­umn is spe­cial to The Tribune. He is PG&E’s Di­ablo Canyon ma­rine me­te­o­rol­o­gist and a me­dia re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Email him at [email protected]

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