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Month-by-month data: Sacramento rain mostly absent this season

Rental ski helmets sit in rows at the closed rental shop at the Donner Ski Ranch in Norden.
Rental ski helmets sit in rows at the closed rental shop at the Donner Ski Ranch in Norden. AP

It would be great if March delivered buckets of rain and deep drifts of snow because the traditionally wet months this season have mostly been bereft of precipitation.

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions are expected to continue through Monday in the Sacramento area as a strong high pressure system dominates the weather pattern, according to the National Weather Service. Daytime highs by Saturday are expected to be 10 degrees above normal.

Along with warm winter temperatures, weather watchers say skies will for the most part be clear, devoid of any storm clouds needed to dust Sierra peaks or water Sacramento lawns. A look at the months when most of the rain falls in Sacramento – October through March – shows that for the most part, the 2014-15 rainfall year has been disappointing.

▪  October: 0.37, normal is 1.05

▪  November: 1.28, normal is 2.43

▪  December: 7.63, normal 3.48

▪  January: 0.01, normal 3.97

▪  February: 2.28, normal 3.69

▪  March so far: 0.00, normal 3.02

Without December, the rainfall year total would simply be awful. As it is, Sacramento, which at the end of December was running ahead of normal rainfall for the year, now is falling short.

As of Tuesday, Sacramento has received 11.57 inches of rainfall, which is 77 percent of normal.

The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region, according to the NWS:

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 42. North-northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday night: Patchy fog after 4 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the morning.

Friday night: Patchy fog after 4 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 72.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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