Sacramento has gone three weeks without rainfall, 21 days of high pressure systems preventing Pacific storms from doing what they do best.
Instead of ground-soaking rain in the Valley and fluffy white stuff in the Sierra, the weather has been marked by day after day of mostly cloudless skies. The dry weather has produced some wonderfully warm days, but has done nothing to end the lingering drought.
The last time it rained in Sacramento was Christmas Eve when 0.08 inches fell, the final precipitation for a rainy month. Total rainfall in December was 7.63 inches. Normal for December in Sacramento is 3.48 inches.
January is usually the wettest month on Sacramento’s calendar. A total of 3.97 inches falls on average.
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After nearly half a month, not a drop has fallen into the Sacramento rain bucket. Could January finish completely dry?
The National Weather Service forecast for the next seven days looks parched. Also, temperatures are expected to be far above normal, peaking at 67 degrees on Martin Luther King Day on Monday.
Total rainfall for the season in Sacramento stands at 9.84 inches, which is 107 percent of average for the season to mid-January.
The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region:
Thursday: Widespread haze after 1 p.m. Areas of dense fog before 1 p.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind.
Thursday night: Widespread haze before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Calm wind.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. South wind 3 to 6 mph.
Friday night: A 20 percent chance of rain after 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South-southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.
MLK Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.