Precipitation amounts were on the light side even at the coast, with less than half an inch there. The coast had no snow but strong winds in the 50-to-55-mph range, which caused scattered power outages along the Long Beach Peninsula. As it approached the ocean beaches, the weak low strengthened, causing a sudden change in barometric pressure from south to north.
That’s why I say weather forecasting isn’t an exact science at times. Computer models try but occasionally miss the mark, and local forecasters are committed to doing some “now casting.”
Now that the system has passed, we will return as planned to a short dry spell this coming week. It may turn damp by next weekend, but we won’t see much until then. Our highs will be seasonal, in the 40s, and our lows in the 30s. We may turn cooler and see a hint of lowland snow as the month ends and February rolls in, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, keep warm and take good care. We’ll chat again on Tuesday.