An ‘abnormal’ weather pattern blowing around Southern California is showering the coast with rain and lightning, and it looks a lot like a monsoon, weather experts say.
After the usual mid-July through September monsoon season in Southern California, the region typically transitions into the Santa Ana windy season. But this year, the monsoon season appears to the naked eye to be getting longer, although experts say it’s a mirage.
“It’s not an extension of our monsoon season. The end result is the same but the reason is different. So it’s not a typical monsoon at all,” said Ryan Kittell, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard.
During the monsoon season, a high pressure weather pattern hanging over the four corner states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico causes the winds to spin clockwise. a watch and hit Southern California with heavy air or rain.
At the moment a low pressure system is stationed about 50 miles off the coast and the wind is blowing counter clockwise around it.
The “abnormal” system is bringing rain and thunderstorms along the southern California coast, Kittell said.
“It has been several days. This is part of the rarity of the event. We will have these risks of thunderstorms until Saturday. Its duration is quite rare,” Kittell said.
While it likely won’t rain in the Los Angeles metro area on Thursday or Friday, Kittell said Saturday has a decent chance of precipitation in the city.
“This rarer weather should end on Saturday, then Sunday through Wednesday should have a break and some projections show another low pressure system on Thursday or Friday of next week,” he said.