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As January fades, records for driest month are set to fall in Northern California

A little rain doesn't stop Arianna Schifano, 12, from trying out her new blue cruiser, Friday, December 12, 2014. After today, no rain is forecast for the city throught the remainder of the month. The same arid forecast is predicted for other spots in Northern California.
A little rain doesn't stop Arianna Schifano, 12, from trying out her new blue cruiser, Friday, December 12, 2014. After today, no rain is forecast for the city throught the remainder of the month. The same arid forecast is predicted for other spots in Northern California. The Sacramento Bee

Only five days left in the month as January continues on the path to being the driest since record-keeping began in Sacramento’s horse and buggy days.

Sure, a weak weather system is moving into the Sacramento region from the south, but there’s a chance it won’t even deliver a drop. Chance of showers: 20 percent Tuesday.

After Tuesday, no rain is forecast for the city through the remainder of the month. The same arid forecast is predicted for other spots in Northern California.

Here’s precipitation data from the National Weather Service on dry January:

Red Bluff: 0.04 in 2015, driest on record is a trace in 2007.

Blue Canyon: 0.12 in 2015, driest on record is 0.74 in 1984.

Sacramento: 0.01 in 2015, driest on record is 0.07 in 2007.

Stockton: 0.02 in 2015, driest on record is 0.14 in 1976.

Another weak system is expected to move through Wednesday night into Thursday, delivering some clouds to Sacramento. Any precipitation should remain well south of Lake Tahoe.

High pressure returns on Friday. The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Tuesday: Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. South-southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Calm wind becoming north-northwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. North-northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the morning.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 44.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

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

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