Weather Alerts for this week & weekend

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For Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties…

…Periods of rain with potential for significant accumulations for Southwest California Thursday through Tuesday…

…Heavy rain and damaging south winds expected Friday and Friday night…

…Potential for heavy snow at higher mountain elevations Friday into Saturday

POTENTIAL WEATHER HIGHLIGHT and TIMING:

  • Series of storms to move across the area Thursday through next Tuesday;   

o    Periods of heavy rain likely Friday into Friday night

o    Rain and snow showers mainly over the mountains Saturday afternoon through Sunday

  • Potential heavy snow at higher mountain elevations Friday through Saturday morning

o    1-2 feet possible above 7500 feet

o    6-12 inches between 6000 and 7500 feet

  • Damaging south to southwest winds  

o    Friday and Friday night (gusts 60-80 mph mountains, 30-50 mph coast/valleys)

o    Monday through Monday evening

  • High surf with strong rip currents, Thursday through Sunday (highest surf Saturday)

o    10 – 18’ surf Central Coast

o    8 – 13’ surf L.A. and Ventura Coasts

POTENTIAL IMPACTS:

  • Flash flooding, mud, and debris flows for Santa Barbara, Ventura, LA counties

o    Especially recent burn areas.

  • Widespread urban roadway flooding likely during periods of  heavy rainfall
  • Flooding of small streams and creeks
  • Numerous downed trees and powerlines due to strong winds
  • Risk of rock and mudslides – especially canyon roadways.
  • Winter travel conditions on mountain roads near/above 6,000’.
  • Strong winds over the Coastal Waters Friday will create hazardous sea conditions that persist into the weekend, including high-use nearshore waters
  • Extended period of High Surf expected Thursday through Sunday with strong rip currents, sneaker waves, and coastal erosion

Estimated Rainfall totals Thursday through Sunday:

  • Coast and Valleys: 2 to 6 inches (highest south of Point Conception)
  • Foothills and mountains: 5 to 10 inches; highest on south-facing slopes
  • Deserts: 0.75 to 1.5 inches
  • Peak rainfall rates up to 1 inch per hour Friday into Friday evening

FORECAST CONFIDENCE

  • High confidence in timing Thursday through early Saturday
  • Moderate confidence in rainfall amounts through early Saturday. Low to moderate confidence late Saturday through Tuesday.
  • Low to moderate confidence in timing and rainfall amounts Saturday through Tuesday

SYNOPSIS

A major change in the weather pattern is expected Thursday as a large upper low approaches the West Coast and a weakening frontal system crosses Southwest California. A series of impulses will follow for Friday through Sunday, with the potential for heavy rain Friday morning through early Saturday morning.  Snow levels will range between 6,000 to 7,500 feet Friday into early Saturday, with heavy snowfall possible at higher mountain elevations.  Additional rain and snow is expected, mainly over the mountains, late Saturday into Sunday as a moist flow remains over the area. There is the potential for periods of strong southerly winds over the area, Friday and Friday night, and again Monday through Monday evening. Model forecasts show another upper low setting up west of the California/Oregon border on Monday with rain affecting the entire California coast through Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday.

NWS will continue to provide email updates if the forecast changes or check our website at www.weather.gov/losangeles

Contact NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard at (805) 988-6619 for 24×7 forecast updates (unlisted).

Monitor NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard Facebook and Twitter for additional information.

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Big Storm Expected this week! Stay INFORMED and be PREPARED!

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BIG STORM EXPECTED this week (continuing through the weekend). Sign-Up for VC alert to stay informed. Go over emergency plan and supplies. And of course, don’t forget to turn off your irrigation, Click this link for a full report: https://goo.gl/lOqRJT

For Ventura Water WATER Disaster Preparedness VIDEOS, WATCH BELOW (4 Videos:  How to Store Water, How to Build an Emergency Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed)

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In cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the City offers the Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel, (retail value of $92)  for only $45 plus tax.  The barrels are available at their Ventura location, with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher and proof of city residence.  Two rain barrel discounts are permitted per residential address with the voucher.  Additional rain barrels may be purchased at the full retail price. The rain barrel is for non-potable water use only. Vouchers are available through Environmental Sustainability by calling 652-4584. This program is subject to supply and funding availability.

FIND OUT MORE & Get your RAIN BARREL VOUCHER: cityofventura.net/page/rainwater-harvesting

City of Ventura FREE Gardening Classes start February 25, 2017

Beginning February 2017, the City of Ventura presents NEW Gardening Classes consisting of seminars and workshops once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa shares information about this popular series, which is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with an RSVP.

To find out more about the 2017 Gardening Classes and to REGISTER to reserve your place for classes and workshops, visit: VenturaWater.net and navigate to the Gardening Classes Icon.

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Water Wise Incentive 2.0 Program — Save Money & Water with Turf Rebates

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Remove Your Turf with Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Program 2.0. It’s simple! Here’s how. WATCH this Sustainable Ventura News Video and find out more at: http://venturawater.net

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Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online (SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura News at http://vcstar.com) also WATCH on the NEWS and LIFESTYLE pages and in the VC STYLE COLUMN at: http://vcstyle.blogs.vcstar.com/

Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

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PODCAST: 2017 FREE Gardening Classes

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Beginning February 2017, the City of Ventura presents NEW Gardening Classes consisting of seminars and workshops once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa shares information about this popular series, which is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with an RSVP.

To find out more about the 2017 Gardening Classes and to REGISTER to reserve your place for classes and workshops, visit: VenturaWater.net and navigate to the Gardening Classes Icon.

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST, Click Here!

Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers = SMART & Water Wise Yard Maintenance

Do you know the difference between a traditional Irrigation Controller vs. a Weather-Based Irrigation Controller? There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE.  WATCH this “Sustainable Ventura News” segment to find out how you can conserve as much as 13,500 gallons of water per year per household!

Are you a City of Ventura resident interested in awesome rebates offered with the Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program, visit:  VenturaWater.net and removeyourturf.com

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Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online on the NEWS & LIFESTYLE pages (and also SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura” or “Maryann Ridini Spencer” at http://vcstar.com)

Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

 

Don’t Wait to UPDATE your landscape!

Why wait to update your landscape?  Take advantage of available funds while you can!ww2-0

We invite you to participate in the City of Ventura’s Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program. Remove your turf and receive $2 per square foot, up to 1,600 square feet for residential properties (for a max of $3,200) and up to 3,200 square feet for commercial/multi-family properties (for a max of $6,400). Funds are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis! If you are having trouble moving forward with your project, Ventura Water is here to help. Follow these five easy steps to get started:

  1. Go to www.removeyourturf.com and click “Apply Online Now” to set up an account.
  2. Provide a water bill.
  3. Include photos of your landscape and irrigation system.
  4. Draw a site plan (see below or click here to view).
  5. Provide list of new plants (see below or click here to view).

Don’t get too caught up in the details. Designing a plan for your yard can be quick and easy! We are able to connect you with a landscape professional and also encourage do-it-yourself landscape projects! Resources are available for those of you looking to DIY. Site plans can be self-generated and plant lists can be simple.

Visit www.venturacountygardening.com for ideas and examples. Make sure to review the incentive program terms and conditions. For more information on native and climate-appropriate plants for Ventura, visit www.venturacountygardening.com or click here.

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From Ventura Water’s December 2017 Pipeline Newsletter

Ventura Water Water Saving Tip!

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Install a new weather-based irrigation controller. These devices pull data from a local source or the Internet and water your plants based on weather predictions. The system will know how much water your plants and trees will need each day. Using one of these can save your home or business hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each year. Install your weather-based irrigation controller this winter, before the rainy season hits!

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, December 2016

Funds are still available – APPLY for Ventura Water’s Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program

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Funds are still available!

We invite you to participate in the City of Ventura’s Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program. Remove your turf and receive $2 per square foot, up to 1,600 square feet for residential properties (for a max of $3,200) and up to 3,200 square feet for commercial/multi-family properties (for a max of $6,400). Funds are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis! If you are having trouble moving forward with your project, Ventura Water is here to help. Follow these five easy steps to get started:

  1. Go to www.removeyourturf.com and click “Apply Online Now” to set up an account.
  2. Provide a water bill.
  3. Include photos of your landscape and irrigation system.
  4. Draw a site plan (see below or click here to view).
  5. Provide list of new plants (see below or click here to view).

Don’t get too caught up in the details. Designing a plan for your yard can be quick and easy! We are able to connect you with a landscape professional and also encourage do-it-yourself landscape projects! Resources are available for those of you looking to DIY. Site plans can be self-generated and plant lists can be simple.

Visit www.venturacountygardening.com for ideas and examples. Make sure to review the incentive program terms and conditions. For more information on native and climate-appropriate plants for Ventura, visit www.venturacountygardening.com or click here.

From Ventura Water’s December 2016 Pipeline