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Fire Weather Threat Continues in California; Wintry Conditions in Northern Rockies, Great Lakes & Northeast

Gusty winds and low humidity will again result in elevated to critical fire weather conditions across portions of California through the weekend. Meanwhile, a cold front will bring rain and high elevation snowfall to the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Areas of snow and seasonably chilly temperatures will also persist near the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast. Read More >

Expect a chilly night across the region with lows in the 30s areawide. Clear skies today will lead to partly cloudy skies overnight, with a southerly wind between 5 to 10 mph.
Maybe you've heard a rumor about wintry weather before Christmas? It's true, some of the forecast data does suggest a weather pattern favorable for winter weather. However it's such a long way out, weather forecasters have to deal with probabilities. Here's a chart that shows the highest probability of a certain type of weather December 21st through December 25th. Cold weather looks like a certainty by Friday morning. However the precipitation forecast is more uncertain. A cold rain remains the highest likelihood, but probabilities have increased since yesterday for ice or snow in the region...particularly on December 23rd and 24th.
There are different solutions for the late part of next week. This image shows four different weather model forecasts which would have four different outcomes for our area. Only thing we area confident in is that late next week will turn colder.
With very little rainfall the past several weeks, widespread moderate to severe drought has overspread much of the region. Burn bans are in effect for many counties across the region due to the resultant increased fire danger.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.

 
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Dallas/Fort Worth - Annual and Consecutive 100° Days        Click Here for Waco

 

Greatest Annual
Rank # of Days Year
1 71 2011
2 69 1980
3 56 1998
4 52 1954
5 48 1956
6 46 2000
7 44 1952
8 43 2006
9 40 1951
10 38 1963

 

 

Greatest Consecutive
Rank # of Days Dates
1 42 Jun 23 - Aug 3, 1980
2 40 Jul 2 - Aug 10, 2011
3 29 Jul 6 - Aug 3, 1998
4 25 Aug 2-26, 1952
5 24 Jul 28 - Aug 20, 1999
6
(tie)
20 Aug 15 - Sep 3, 2011
20 Jul 9-28, 1954
8 19 Aug 8-26, 2006
9
(tie)
18 Jul 31 - Aug 17, 2010
18 Jul 2-19, 1978

 

Least Annual
Rank # of Days Year
1
(tie)
0 1973
0 1906
3
(tie)
1 2004
1 2002
1 1992
1 1920
1 1919
1 1908
1 1905
1 1904
1 1903
Greatest Number of Days in a Month
Rank # of Days Month/Year
1 31 Jul 1980
2 30 Jul 2011
3
(tie)
28 Aug 2011
28 Jul 1998
5
(tie)
27 Aug 2000
27 Aug 1952
7 26 Aug 1999
8
(tie)
25 Aug 2006
25 Jul 1954
25 Aug 1951