A mild late-season storm that moved across the Central Coast Wednesday and Thursday dropped about a quarter-inch of rain in most areas, pushing the region’s totals a little closer to normal.
In its wake, a moderate sundowner wind will develop this afternoon and evening across the Santa Ynez mountains and South Coast, according to the National Weather Service. Gale force winds will affect outer coastal waters from noon today until late Saturday night along with steep seas of 8 to 13 feet.
The weekend is expected to be sunny and warm, with a high near 80 Saturday and in the mid-70s Sunday.
Over the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. Thursday, Santa Maria recorded .19 inches of rain, Orcutt got .20 inches, Lompoc .43 inches, Santa Ynez got .41 inches and Solvang recorded .37 inches.
In southern San Luis Obispo County Arroyo Grande got .24 inches and Nipomo .16 of an inch.
Since July 1, the start of the rain year, 9.7 inches of precipitation has been recorded at the Santa Maria Airport, with 2.31 inches coming this month. The normal rainfall to date is 13.52 inches - the total this year is 3.82 inches below normal.
Last year the Santa Maria Airport recorded a total 22.52 inches.