Weather Service Report

FXUS66 KSGX 231632

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service San Diego CA
832 AM PST Sun Feb 23 2020

Cloudiness and isolated showers will continue this morning from
the coast to the mountains before conditions clear during the
afternoon. An upper level ridge will build in from the west this
week, resulting in dry and warmer weather. Locally gusty northeast
to east winds will occur below passes and canyons Monday through 
Friday, with the strongest winds Tuesday and Wednesday.



Some very light showers were barely detectable on NWS radar this 
morning, but remote rain gages still indicated some 2-hr 0.01-0.04" 
amounts through 8 AM PST, mainly near the coastal foothills. Based 
on the latest hires model runs, this should end by Noon, if not 
sooner. Thick marine clouds were still backed up against the coastal 
mtn slopes but many areas west of the mts were clearing, at least 
partially. The 12Z Miramar sounding had a nearly saturated layer 
from the sfc to 5500 FT MSL. No significant inversion was present.

Based on the radar and hires model trends, the forecast looks to be 
on track. Given the deep moist layer though, some areas will see 
only limited sun today west of the mts. It will be noticeably warmer 
with more sun after the morning burn-off west of the mountains. 

From previous discussion...

The weather pattern this week will feature a building ridge from
the west with the upper ridge axis overhead by Thursday. This 
will mean dry weather conditions this week along with warming 
temperatures with temps by midweek well into the 70s most areas
and even into the 80s over the inland valleys and lower deserts. 

Offshore winds will predominate much of the week and be strongest
Monday and Tuesday morning, but with gusts through and below
passes and canyons only looking to be at about 40 mph or so, so
not too strong.

An upper level trough will start to develop over the West Coast
next weekend as a shortwave dives into the Pacific Northwest. This
will lead to slight cooling over the area as we close out the
week. As the shortwave dives southeast, a return of showers could
arrive as early as Sunday, March 1st. The first week of March 
looks to be cooler with at least a chance of some precipitation.


231600Z...Coast/Valleys...Isolated -SHRA ending by 18Z. Multiple 
stratus layers with bases 2000-4000 ft MSL and tops to 5500 ft MSL 
gradually becoming SCT to locally BKN this afternoon with bases 
mostly above 3000 ft MSL. Low clouds redeveloping after 24/04Z with 
bases near 1500-2000 ft MSL. Local vis 3-5 SM or less in BR/FG 
possible in the valleys 24/09-24/15Z. CIGS clearing by 19Z Monday.

Mountains/Deserts...Isolated -SHRA ending by 18Z. Coastal mountain 
slopes remaining partially obscured in clouds/fog through this 
evening. Then mostly clear with unrestricted vis tonight into Monday 


No hazardous marine weather is expected through Thursday. 


Skywarn activation is not requested. However weather spotters are
encouraged to report significant weather conditions.





Return to Home page

Western Regional Climate Center,