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Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

January 9, 2018

There’s drama in the air: this week’s weather menu has something for everyone – rain & snow, then wind & heat

Starting Wednesday the sun will set after 5 p.m. By the end of the month it will set at 5:19 p.m. it will set at 5: 47 by the end of February. Planet Earth is now beginning its tilt to the south and the noontime sun will climb a little bit higher each day.

If you’re a fan of dramatic weather changes, you’re going to love this week. From coats, jeans, and boots to shorts and flops, this week’s weather menu has a bit of everything to offer. The first significant winter storm is poised to assault California instead of the soggy, dreary Northwest with the main energy focusing on Central and Southern California, thanks to the convergence of both the subtropical and North Pacific jet streams on steroids with no offshore high pressure ridge to block them or slow them down. We’re looking at two to four inches of rain in the lowlands and upwards of six and maybe up to eight inches in the foothills and south facing coastal slopes. Heavy snow will fall above 7,000 ft. at first and those levels will drop to 4-5,000 ft. when all is said and done.

This is the latest in the season that the first major storm has hit our state and boy are we far behind. Here in Laguna we’re at four-tenths of an inch since last July 1 and we should be at nearly five inches by this time. Winds up to 50 mph could hit some areas and strong thunderstorms may also occur on Tuesday with even a few waterspouts not out of the question. 

Things clear out by early Thursday leading to a Santana wind event with temps flirting with the 80 degree mark next weekend. One word of caution: there’s going to be almost everything imaginable draining into our local waters with very high bacteria counts for at least 72 hours or more once the rain stops. Not that there’ll be any surf to ride, but if there is, bring your doctor and plenty of antibiotics with you to the beach!

Stay tuned, it could get interesting, ALOHA!