Patchy fog. Mostly cloudy. Overcast.
Whatever the National Weather Service calls it, June gloom shows no signs of leaving Santa Barbara.
The forecast shows this dreary weather lasting for at least the next week, with daytime temperatures hovering in the 60s.
Most areas of the county got some rain to go with it on Tuesday, with up to a third of an inch reported along the Gaviota Coast.
June is typically the third-lowest rainfall month in the county – after July and August – and this late spring precipitation was pretty unusual, historically.
Looking at three of the county’s rainfall monitoring stations in Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria shows it’s been years since there’s been this much rain in June.
In Santa Barbara, the mean amount of rainfall for June is 0.09 inches, according to records that go back to 1899.
In the 24 hours ending at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the station had recorded 0.16 inches of rain. The last time the city got that much rain was in 2015, when it got 0.71 inches.
In Lompoc, June records going back to 1954 show the mean amount of rainfall at 0.04 inches, even less.
In the 24 hours ending at 10 a.m. Wednesday, that monitoring station recorded 0.29 inches of rain, and the last time the city got that much in June was in 2011.
In Santa Maria, which got 0.1 inches of rain overnight, the mean monthly total for June is 0.06 inches. Those records go back to 1906, according to the County Public Works Department.