The weekend before Christmas is among the busiest airport travel days of the year with crowded flights at all Central Coast airports, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.
Friday evening, the FAA showed delays into San Francisco of more than two hours because of low clouds. Flights heading connecting through SFO from the regional airports were affected.
In addition to the weather delays, there is also a pilot shortage issue affecting Central Coast airports.
In addition to the strong winds and significant rain expected Thursday and Friday, the Central Coast is likely to get hit was some very heavy surf.
The National Weather Service says western-facing beaches are most at risk from a major swell arriving late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. Forecasters expect serious beach erosion because of the duration of the event.
Waves as high as 25 feet could be possible in some areas, and it's predicted that jetties and sea walls could be breached during periods of high tide.
Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for food banks on the Central Coast as they work to satisfy holiday needs while maintaining the daily service they provide throughout the year.
Locally, statistics show as many as one in four people suffer from food insecurity, with a large number of these being children and seniors. To help combat this, Food Banks function as a hub, partnering with hundreds of organizations to distribute food to the various regions.
During this time of year, food banks see a spike in donations of both food and money.
Hurricane Marie became a Category 4 storm Sunday morning as it moved north, hundreds of miles off the West Coast of Mexico and farther out into open ocean.
The National Weather Service predicts potentially damaging surf generated by the storm to impact south and southeast facing beaches of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with surf building on Tuesday and peaking Tuesday night into Thursday.
There is potential for some of the highest surf seen in recent years for a southerly event, with max sets of 10 to 15 feet possible.
Founders of Farmgram, an online farmer's market, are hoping to make their product the main way people on the Central Coast buy food for their families.
Tyler Thomas and Adrian Godby are the co-founders of Farmgram and recent Cal Poly Architecture graduates. Regulars to the Thursday night farmer's market in San Luis Obispo are probably familiar with the two, holding their produce checklists, loading carrots, kale and strawberries on to their wagons.
UC Santa Barbara researchers are asking recreational divers to participate in a giant sea bass census this week. According to researchers these fish can grow to more than 600 pounds and are making a comeback from the brink of extinction.
A new report released Monday by the Groundwater Voices Coalition shows some Central Coast water supplies could be rendered useless if current conditions persist.
California's groundwater levels have been dropping for years but the recent drought has escalated the issue, and now seawater contamination is a growing threat to our supply on the Central Coast.
Kate Williams from the California Water Foundation says it's normal to rely on groundwater during dry years, but this drought has caused people to rely solely on it, leading to things like over-pumping.