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Breezy spring winds grab the Central Coast but less wind for the weekend

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Apr 12, 2023

Spring for the Central Coast can feature a progressive weather pattern in that no one feature sets up shop for very long. The wind is created by a difference in pressure, these differences are more common in progressive patterns. Wednesday the NW Winds were 15-25mph with gusts to 35 mph for most of the area.

There is a wind advisory for the SW portion of Santa Barbara County but elsewhere we had a very narrow miss on advisory-level winds.

Thursday still looks breezy with NW winds 15-25 with some gusts to 30. Modeling is showing slightly less peak wind potential but only a minor difference than today.

This is all due to a trough digging into The West. We have a combination of low-level scattered clouds with an upper-level flow of high clouds. This also looks to continue into Thursday.

Beyond that, a ridge of high pressure builds for the weekend. Temps will warm but not dramatically. I like most highs in the upper 60s and 70s. Another trough moves into the PacNW next week to cool temps a little again and reintroduce breezy to windy NW winds.

There are a number of systems moving into The West but mostly the PacNW which means temps should remain normal to below average. No significant rain potential is in the local forecast but the PacNW will see a good string of potential systems.