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Fire Weather Threats Continue in Southern California

A storm system passing over the west coast ridge and into the Great Basin the next couple of days will improve air quality across the Pacific Northwest, and bring a wintry mix to the northern Great Basin and northern Rockies. Gusty winds will increase fire weather threats across portions of northern California, and continue to exacerbate ongoing fires across Southern California. Read More >

Rain returns to the region Saturday and Sunday. The rain will spread into the region from the south Saturday afternoon and evening, and exit the region to the east on Sunday. Highest rain chances are Saturday night along and east of Interstate 35/35W. Rainfall totals are generally expected to be less than a half of an inch, and some locations west of Interstate 35 may not receive any rain.
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 uncertainty. One of the best ways to show uncertainty is with probabilities. Hear's a chart that shows the highest probability of a certain type of weather December 21st through December 25th. See why snow and ice may be possible, but the most likely forecast is cold and dry.
Forecast models are showing cold air arriving next week around December 22nd and 23rd (on average). What we do not know for sure yet is exactly when the cold air arrives, how cold temperatures will be, and if there will be any precipitation and what kind. We will be providing updates when/as we acquire better confidence in the late week forecast.
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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Waco - Consecutive Days Without Measurable Precipitation

Rank # of Days Dates
1 82 Jun 23 - Sep 12, 1924
2 64 Nov 19, 1922 - Jan 21, 1923
3 61 Oct 14 - Dec 13, 2012
4 55 Jul 20 - Sep 12, 1910
5
(tie)
53 Jul 2 - Aug 23, 1962
53 Feb 1 - Mar 24, 1916
7
(tie)
52 Jul 6 - Aug 26, 2006
52 Jul 19 - Sep 8, 1952
9 51 Jul 3 - Aug 22, 1918
10 50 Jul 1 - Aug 19, 2015

 

Waco - Consecutive Days Without Any Precipitation

Rank # of Days Dates
1 49 Jul 1 - Aug 18, 2015
2 47 Jul 4 - Aug 19, 1918
3
(tie)
44 Jun 18 - Jul 31, 1930
44 Dec 31, 1911 - Feb 12, 1912
5 42 Jul 6 - Aug 16, 1924
6
(tie)
41 Jul 14 - Aug 23, 1921
41 Nov 1 - Dec 11, 1903
8 40 Sep 25 - Nov 3, 1952
9 38 Jun 26 - Aug 2, 1993
10 35 Aug 11 - Sep 14, 1912