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Angel Russell

The first winter rains are expected this weekend along the Central Coast, posing a potential concern for homes along a hillside in Pismo Beach, scorched from the Avila Fire in mid-June. 

The Avila Fire burned through more than 400 acres of vegetation. Cal Fire SLO investigators determined it was human-caused and intentionally set, but no arrests have been made.

Ever since, the city of Pismo Beach has been working with homeowners and other agencies to reduce the risk of potential mudslides for the upcoming rainy season. 

Angel Russell

Local restaurant owners have been under pressure since the start of the coronavirus pandemic; now the colder temperatures and rain will bring new challenges as outdoor dining continues.

Bunyon Bros. Tree Service

Arborists throughout the Central Coast say they have been busy this summer, with calls of massive tree limbs crashing down.

High surf advisory Monday for Central Coast

Nov 28, 2016
Greta Mart

The weekend's stormy weather has moved on and the chance of showers remains low for much of the Central Coast. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for the area's beaches through 9 p.m. Monday.

Broadcast date: 10/29/15

Predicting the weather can be a challenging business. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, asserts the El Niño that developed last spring is among the strongest recorded events since the 1950s. Forecasters believe El Niño will dramatically impact the weather and climate over the United States, especially in the coming winter months.

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Adding to the seriousness of the drought along the Central Coast and throughout California are record-breaking temperatures this week.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's high of 91 degrees in Paso Robles broke a record set in 1988 by three degrees. San Luis Obispo's high at the airport and at Cal Poly hit 90, also breaking a record.

Santa Maria came in at 93 degrees yesterday afternoon and Santa Barbara hit 88, both very warm but not record breaking.

Last year was the warmest on California's record books and it continued to move the state into it's prolonged drought.

John Lindsey is PG&E's Corporate Relations Representative and Marine Meteorologist. He says 2014 broke the previous record by 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Lindsey explains what to expect from 2015.

"We're definitely looking at a changing climate, a warming climate. A hypothesis is that if we do receive rain, storms could be more intense and it may produce longer and more prolonged drought," Lindsey said.

Randol White - KCBX News

There is no sign of rain in the forecast for the Central Coast, according to the National Weather Service out of Oxnard. Temperatures are expected to be above normal through the weekend.

Local emergency officials say conditions are ripe for wildfire despite the rain received over Halloween weekend.

Average fuel moisture levels in Santa Barbara County are at 56 percent—drier than what is considered critical according to County Fire.

The threat of large wildfires will remain high until the Central Coast gets several inches of widespread rainfall.

Critical fire weather expected this weekend

Sep 30, 2014

Portions of the Central Coast are looking at the possibility of critical fire weather later this week.

The National Weather Service says an offshore flow is expected Thursday through the weekend ushering in hot dry air for much of Southern California up into the Central Coast.

The strongest winds are expected late Wednesday into Thursday with temperatures peaking on Saturday.

Strong winds are also expected Monday evening along Santa Barbara County's Gaviota Coast.

Randol White, KCBX News

Some hotter than normal temperatures have arrived on the Central Coast and are expectd to peak this coming weekend. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

Richard Abrams with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management says the agency works closely with public health and county fire at times like this.

New analysis of last month's record-breaking heat waves along the Central Coast shows the overall average temperature for the month of May was among the hottest in the books for several locations, according to the National Weather Service.

The average of all the temperatures recorded at the Santa Barbara airport last month set a new record of 64.1 degrees. The San Luis Obispo airport tied 2009 as the warmest with an average reading of 64.6.

Rain headed to the Central Coast

Mar 24, 2014
National Weather Service

A weak spring storm is headed toward the Central Coast Tuesday night and it appears San Luis Obispo County is poised to see the most rainfall out of this one. The northern portion of Santa Barbara County could see some measurable precipitation too.

The National Weather Service predicts less than a half an inch of rain will accumulate through Wednesday night.

Clearing skies are likely on Thursday, but a stray shower is still possible.

Significant rainstorm predicted for Central Coast

Feb 21, 2014
KCBX News

Updated Monday, 2/24 at 1:52 p.m. PST:

The month of February could end much the way it started, with some badly-needed rainfall for California and the Central Coast. Unlike the last couple of rain events however, this time around the region could get hit with a major winter storm.