Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Los Angeles, CA
FXUS66 KLOX 241206
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
506 AM PDT Fri Mar 24 2017
New Aviation Discussion
A weakening cold front may bring light rain and to the area late
Friday into early Saturday. A mainly dry inside slider may bring
gusty northerly winds and a reinforcing shot of cooler air. Weak
ridging aloft and northerly winds at the surface will likely bring
warm and dry conditions for the middle of next week.
Skies are currently mostly clear save for a little bit of stratus
over the LA coast. There are some clouds associated with a weak
trof to the NW of SLO county. These clouds will begin to move into
the Central Coast later this morning. The morning marine layer
stratus pattern for LA county remains unclear. The forecast eddy
that was supposed to help the low cloud formation has not really
started up yet. There is a chance that the stratus will not form.
The next problem for today is the rain that will come with the
weak front. All mdls have trended slower with this system and
timing has been pushed back accordingly. The front is currently
north of San Francisco it will push down the coast and rain should
start over the NW tip of SLO county late this afternoon. Clouds
will slowly increase through the day becoming partly cloudy south
of Pt Conception and mostly cloudy north.
Rain will continue to move to the south and east overnight
tonight. Rain will fall on SLO and SBA county and it will likely
reach Ventura county by dawn. There is a chance that it will reach
The front will wash out on Saturday. There will be a chance of
showers in the morning but by afternoon the skies will turn partly
cloudy over most of the area and the clouds and showers will be
confined to the north slopes.
A little pop up ridge will move in Sunday, Skies will be partly
cloudy at worst but most likely they will be mostly sunny.
Max temps really will not change that much from day to day. Every
days will see max temps a couple degrees blo normal with Saturday
a degree or two cooler than Today and Sunday.
All mdls agree that an inside slider will move through on Monday.
The mdls have been waffling back and forth with just how inside
this system will be...currently all mdls agree that the system
will be far enough inside to limit shower chances to the mtns and
the interior vlys. Rainfall will be spotty and light. The bigger
issue will be the winds that will arrive with the cool air behind
the system. It looks like there will be strong advisory level
north winds across the mtns and into the vlys as well as the SBA
south coast. Max temps will change little from Sunday.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be dominated by ridging...offshore flow
and much warmer than normal max temps. Look for 5 to degree jump
in temps on Tue and then for another 3 to 6 degrees on Wed. Wed
max temps will likely be 10 to 15 degrees above normal.
The ridge will break down next Thursday. The GFS replaces it with
dry NW while the EC swings a big cool trof over the area. Right
now forecast favors the gentler GFS Soln.
At 1115Z, there was a weak marine layer at 1800 feet with an
inversion to 2900 feet at 11 degrees Celsius.
Moderate confidence in TAFs. A weak marine layer currently in
place will likely only support few to scattered low clouds for
coastal sites south of Point Conception. There is a 30 percent
chance of low MVFR cigs at KLAX, KLGB, and KSMO through 17Z. Low
confidence on timing of possible IFR to MVFR cigs/vsbys tonight,
forming as early as 00Z at any coastal terminal. However, low
cigs/vsbys changes most likely within 2 hours of forecasted time.
For to the sites north of Point Conception, development of IFR to
MVFR cigs also possible near the onset of steady light rain.
Flight category may be off by one for sites with rain.
KLAX...Moderate confidence in TAF. There is a 30 percent
chance of low MVFR cigs through 17Z. IFR/low MVFR cigs possible as
early as 00Z, but most likely between 6Z and 10Z. A few light
showers possible after 12Z. Light east winds after 12Z will
remain below 10 kts.
KBUR...Good confidence in TAF. There is a 30 percent chance of IFR
to MVFR cigs/vsbys after 06Z.
Winds and seas have fallen below SCA criteria. However, a few
local gusts to 25 kt cannot be ruled out through early this
morning from San Nicolas to Santa Rosa Islands. Patchy fog is
possible to the south of Point Conception this morning with a weak
Wind will likely increase again on Saturday. There is a 70
percent chance SCA winds will prevail across the outer waters
Saturday through Tuesday. There will be periods of Gale force
winds...with a 40 percent Saturday night and 60 percent chance
Monday into Tuesday. SCA to Gale force winds may also extend into
the inner waters at times during this period, with the strongest
winds likely Monday afternoon and evening. Gusty winds may
continue across the outer waters through much of next week.
CA...Beach Hazards Statement in effect until 9 AM PDT this morning
for zones 40-41-87. (See LAXCFWLOX).
.HAZARD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK...(SUN-THU)
A weak rain event is expected through Saturday, with minimal
High surf and strong rip currents are likely by Sunday.
Early next week, a stronger storm system is expected and could
bring gusty northerly winds and mountain snow.