Monday, February 19 , 2018, 11:47 am | Fair 55º

 
 
 
 

Local News

‘Pineapple Express’ Nears California Pushing Gray, Wet Weather

Heavy rain in forecast for Friday night, Saturday

Scattered drizzle, a few showers and heavy clouds began moving ashore along Santa Barbara County’s South Coast on Wednesday as a “pineapple express” storm — a band of heavy rain originating near Hawaii — edged closer to California.

The National Weather Service said the storm is due to arrive Friday night and remain through at least Monday, dumping significant rainfall throughout Southern California. Weather officials said the heaviest rain should occur north of Point Conception but they added that an unsettled, moist subtropical jet stream was making predictions hard to come by.

Although Thursday is expected to be partly sunny, temperatures should be in the 50s the next few days with overnight lows in the upper 40s and low 50s.

According to the weather service forecast, steady rain will develop along the South Coast on Friday night and continue through midday Saturday, with a second surge of rain developing Saturday night and continuing Sunday. Several inches of rain are possible from the storm, which may be accompanied by high winds.

In anticipation of the heavy rain, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department has made sandbags available at two South Coast locations:

» At the end of County Dump Road by the South Coast Recycling & County Transfer Station, 4430 Calle Real

» Next to county Fire Station 14, 320 N. Los Carneros Road

While another subtropical storm is likely to arrive Tuesday with heavy rain, conditions should taper off to showers through Christmas Eve. At least for now, the Christmas Day forecast is partly sunny with temperatures in the 60s.

Click here for the complete National Weather Service forecast.

Click here for the county Office of Emergency Services. Click here to sign up for the OES’ messaging service. Follow the OES on Facebook.

To follow the storm’s progress, click here for the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department’s interactive precipitation map.

Noozhawk publisher Bill Macfadyen can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >