Hi, I’m Meteorologist Matt Barrentine with a look at your forecast.
Saturday Cristobal will be moving north and gaining a little strength, but it will still be far enough away that the first half of the day will be fine, but later in the afternoon the first rain bands will likely roll into coastal areas.
Today Cristobal made its north turn right on schedule and strengthened back into a tropical storm. Tonight, it will emerge off the Yucatan peninsula and then head for a LA landfall late Sunday as an upper-end tropical storm.
For us we are expecting rain bands especially Sun and Mon. The rain totals will likely be highest right along the coast with lesser amounts farther inland. Flooding will be a concern, particularly in coastal areas where rainfall could total several inches. It all just depends on exactly where the rain bands set up. The good news is the heaviest rain will likely fall in the areas that have been the driest and it’s likely this will bust up the drought.
The biggest concern continues to be the rough surf. Seas are expected to grow to 15-20ft that will translate to some big breakers along the shoreline and dangerous rip currents. We have a lot of visitors at our beaches right now, so this is not a good combo. Hopefully people heed the beach flags and the warnings.
While the heaviest rain will fall Sunday and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will likely be wet as well as the remnants of Cristobal drags in tropical moisture as it moves north.
By Thursday we should be back to normal summer days.