Jul 22, 2013 7:02 PM by Dave Hovde

Rain chances diminish overnight

Monsoon moisture has lingered over the area since the weekend, and in association with a passing upper level trough some showers and a few thunderstorms were fired up around the Central Coast.

Most folks only saw trace amounts to a few hundredths of an inch, however at point point Monday afternoon a flash flood watch was issued for the Santa Barbara county mountains. The CHP reported rocks over the road on Highway 33 20 SE of Cuyama in Ventura county, but that level of intensity was isolated to generally the mountains.

More showers and a few thunderstorms are possible into early Tuesday as the trough moves through. While the notion of rain sounds good, the amounts are generally so minor they are not helpful and the convective nature actually introduces lightning threat which can spark fires. We'll watch the rest of this evening closely.

While local rain chances exit Tuesday there will still be some activity in the Sierra.

High pressure builds in for most of the balance of the week, warming up temps inland and bringing back the marine layer for mild conditions near the coast.



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