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Santa Barbara, CA

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Sunrise 6:21AMSunset 5:58PM Thursday March 4, 2021 11:34 PM PST (07:34 UTC) Moonrise 12:11AMMoonset 10:57AM Illumination 59% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 21 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
Marine Forecasts
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PZZ650 East Santa Barbara Channel From Pt. Conception To Pt. Mugu Ca Including Santa Cruz Island- 821 Pm Pst Thu Mar 4 2021
Tonight..NW winds 10 kt in the evening, becoming variable 10 kt or less. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 13 seconds.
Fri..W to nw winds variable 10 kt, becoming W 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 14 seconds.
Fri night..NW winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 15 seconds. Patchy fog after midnight.
Sat..NW winds 10 to 20 kt, becoming W 15 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt in the afternoon. Combined seas 6 to 8 ft dominant period 15 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
Sat night..NW winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt, becoming N 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Combined seas 6 to 8 ft dominant period 14 seconds.
Sun..NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Combined seas 5 to 7 ft.
Mon..W winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. W swell 6 to 8 ft. Slight chance of rain.
PZZ600 821 Pm Pst Thu Mar 4 2021
Synopsis for the southern california coast and santa barbara channel including the channel islands national marine sanctuary and national park..At 03z, or 7 pm pst, there was a 1024 mb high centered 100 nm sw of point conception. A 1000 mb low was 400 nm W of cape blanco, with a cold front extended S over the offshore waters. This weak front will cross the waters Fri night.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Santa Barbara city, CA
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Area Discussion for - Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA
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FXUS66 KLOX 050606 AFDLOX

Area Forecast Discussion . UPDATED National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA 1006 PM PST Thu Mar 4 2021

SYNOPSIS. 04/647 PM.

High pressure will bring dry and warmer conditions to Southwest California through Friday. There is a slight chance of light rain over northern areas on Saturday, otherwise it will be dry through the weekend, with cooler temperatures. A couple of stronger and colder storms are possible between late Monday and Wednesday night, with the potential for significant rain and mountain snow.

SHORT TERM (THU-SUN). 04/751 PM.

***UPDATE***

A weak ridge of high pressure over Southwest California is shifting east of the area tonight as a large East Pacific trough approaches the Norcal Coast. The upper level trof is forecast to move quickly east, moving inland over the Central Coast Friday night. Westerly flow aloft is expected over the region Saturday, followed by the approach of another large upper trough on Sunday.

Gusty northwest to north winds are affecting the Santa Barbara South Coast this evening, with gusts between 20 to 30 mph through passes and canyons west of Goleta. These northerly winds will weaken Friday morning, before increasing again, likely to stronger speeds, late Friday afternoon and evening. North winds are expected again Saturday evening, possibly to Advisory level.

Low clouds are expected along the Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley and Salinas Valley tonight into Friday morning, otherwise mostly clear skies should prevail across the region tonight and Friday. An even warmer day is expected for Friday, with highs expected to rise into the 70s for many interior areas.

***From Previous Discussion***

A surface cold front associated with the first E Pac upper level trof will approach the Central Coast Fri evening with increasing clouds, then the front will move thru the region while dissipating late Fri night into early Sat. There should be some light rain with the front mainly over SLO County but may briefly extend into nrn SBA County. This will be a weak and rapidly moving system so any rain should be quite light and generally less than 0.10 inch. Further S over VTU/SBA Counties, it looks like marine layer clouds should expand along the coast and into some of the adjacent vlys Fri night into Sat morning. Skies are expected to become sunny to partly cloudy Sat afternoon. Temps will turn 6-12 deg cooler for many areas on Sat, with highs in the warmest vlys and inland coastal areas in the 60s.

Some low clouds are forecast to develop along the L.A. County coast and into some adjacent vlys later Sat night into early Sun. Otherwise, it should be mostly clear Sat night with increasing mainly hi level clouds on Sun for mostly cloudy skies. Hi temps will remain on the cool side Sun with most inland coastal areas and vlys reaching into the 60s.

LONG TERM (MON-THU). 04/212 PM.

The 12Z deterministic EC and GFS are in fairly good agreement for the extended period, with a cool and unsettled weather pattern in the offing. The mean ensembles largely agree with this scenario as well. The large upper level trof over the E Pac will draw closer to the W coast Mon with a surface cold front approaching the Central Coast along with a slight chance of rain for that region. This front should move inland later Mon night and Tue with an increasing chance of rain and mountain snow across the forecast area. The upper level trof is forecast to move into CA Tue night and Wed with a secondary front expected to bring additional chances of rain and mtn snow to the region. The upper level trof is forecast to remain over srn CA Wed night then move very slowly E of the region on Thu. At this time it looks like there many be some residual moisture with a slight chance of showers into Thu.

It is still too early to pin down pcpn amounts for the extended period, but there is the potential for significant amounts of rain along with mtn snow down to perhaps as low as 3000 feet. Potential impacts from next week's weather system include slick roads with minor street flooding, and wintry driving conditions in the mtns with poor visibilities and snow covered roads, including in and around Interstate 5 over the Grapevine.

Needless to say, temperatures will turn well below normal by Tue and should be at least 6-12 deg below normal in all areas for Wed. Hi temps on Wed, the coolest day next week, should only be in the mid 50s to low 60s for most of the coast and vlys.

AVIATION. 05/0604Z.

At 0545Z at KLAX, There was no marine layer.

High confidence in TAFs south of Pt Conception. Moderate confidence in KPRB, KSMX and KSBP with a 30 percent chc of no low cigs and if cigs do form +/- 90 minutes possible timing errors in flight cat changes.

KLAX . Good confidence in TAF. Good confidence that there will be no east wind component greater than 6 kt.

KBUR . Good confidence in VFR TAF.

MARINE. 04/644 PM.

Outer Waters . High confidence in forecast tonight, with no Small Craft Advisory (SCA) (winds or seas). Moderate to high confidence in current SCA for hazardous seas Friday through at least Sunday, and areas of SCA level winds Friday night and Saturday, especially near the Channel Islands. Winds exceeding SCA levels should persist through Sunday. Lower confidence in the forecast for next week. Seas and winds should diminish some Monday before another storm brings large swell and increasing winds Monday night.

Inner Waters N of Point Sal . Moderate to high confidence in forecast of winds and seas below SCA levels through Friday, with seas expected to rise to hazarous levels (10 feet) Friday night into Saturday. Moderate confidence that SCA hazardous level seas will begin Friday night and high confidence of SCA wind and sea conditions Saturday into Sunday. Lower confidence Monday into next week with another storm arriving Monday night into Tuesday.

Inner Waters S of Point Conception . High confidence in conditions remaining below SCA levels through Friday. There is a 30% chance of SCA winds starting Friday night in the Santa Barbara Channel, and west of Santa Catalina Island. High confidence in SCA conditions developing Saturday especially across the western half of the inner waters. Lower confidence in conditions subsiding below SCA levels on Sunday. There is a chance of SCA winds early next week.

LOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. CA . High Surf Advisory in effect until 4 AM PST Sunday for zones 34-35. (See LAXCFWLOX). PZ . Small Craft Advisory in effect from 9 AM Friday to 6 AM PST Monday for zones 670-673. (See LAXMWWLOX). Small Craft Advisory in effect from 3 PM Friday to 6 AM PST Monday for zone 676. (See LAXMWWLOX).

.HAZARD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK (SUN-THU).

High surf and dangerous rip currents are likely through the middle of next week. Gusty west to northwest winds will create driving and boating hazards at times through next Wednesday. A couple of storms could bring winter hazards to the mountains Tuesday and Wednesday.



PUBLIC . Sirard/Smith AVIATION . Rorke MARINE . Smith SYNOPSIS . Sirard/Smith

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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
NTBC1 - Santa Barbara, CA - 9411340 1 mi59 min N 1.9 G 1.9 49°F 1024.5 hPa
46053 - E. SANTA BARBARA - 12NM Southwest of Santa Barbara, CA 13 mi35 min WSW 5.8 G 7.8 55°F 1024.6 hPa (-0.7)51°F
46054 - SANTA BARBARA W 38 NM West of Santa Barbara, CA 41 mi35 min NW 5.8 G 9.7 1024.5 hPa (-0.7)
46251 44 mi39 min 57°F3 ft

Wind History for Santa Barbara, CA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, CA7 mi42 minN 010.00 miFair46°F40°F79%1024 hPa
Santa Ynez, Santa Ynez Airport, CA24 mi40 minNNE 310.00 miFair41°F37°F87%1025.1 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Santa Barbara, Pacific Ocean, California
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Tide / Current Tables for Rincon Island, Mussel Shoals, California
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