Major Pacific Storm NIKITA has brought gusty/damaging winds along the main front, with San Diego registering wind gusts over 50-60 mph at times. Low level drying from east winds prevented a solid frontal zone, however the convective part of the system’s second impulse will move in today. Find out more by reading on …
The storm system impacted early this morning with a broken-line moving across, with a possible land-falling waterspout between Carpinteria and Ventura. The line was more broken from Los Angeles to San Diego with an intact line through the Northwestern Inland Empire. Gusty winds accompanied this surface front. The broken nature of it seemed to have been caused by the offshore (east southeast) winds into the system, which brought in some drying current models cannot predict at the moment, but would be a fun project for me to work on next.
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The convective cold core associated with better instability dynamics for thunderstorms will start today with the heating of the Sun. This batch will move through Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange County, eventually sliding into the Inland Empire zones later in the period. Alerts on the site for torn/svr will remain intact with the secondary impulse as it does have low level shear/instability within it, more than the first one. Since this moves in during the day, the threat of waterspouts and/or small tornadoes will still exist in the alert zones. Also, the structure of the bottom of the clouds will be visible and it should make for good photography when the storms cross into the area. The convective threat extends into San Diego today as well.
Snow level remains above 5,000 FT as previously projected …
As we move toward the end of the week we will dry up again with a boast in temperatures under another ridge of high pressure. After January 18th, trough values are showing up again as we lose the ridge and this would be the next window to monitor for new storm systems.
Stay tuned to Southern California Weather Force for any additional updates