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Since late November, the jet stream has primarily blown out of the Gulf of Alaska toward California, helping to carve out intense storms off the Pacific Northwest. At our latitude, the jet stream, aka “the steering wind,” is typically a tubular ribbon of high-speed winds flowing in wavelike patterns for thousands of miles.

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Rain clouds roll across the Central Coast in this image taken at the close of winter 2000-01, which brought heavy rain and flooding to the area. 

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Friday is here! There are a bunch of great events happening this weekend, the Chumash Pow-Wow takes place at Live Oak Campground in Santa Ynez and the Santa Maria Beerfest returns for the 4th year this Saturday. But to get there, we have to get through one more day. Get ready for your Friday, and the weekend with this collection of our top headlines for Friday, October 4.

A 1,009-millibar low-pressure system and associated cold front producing fresh to strong, 19 to 31 mph southerly winds, increasing clouds and …