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Daniel Swain: Very dry conditions to continue at least through late February

Feb. 14, 2020 – Autumn 2019 was record dry across parts of northern California. Despite an early December reprieve (especially in southern California), conditions have increasingly become increasingly dry across most of the state since that time. Parts of California have now gone 3-4 consecutive weeks without any meaningful precipitation during what is typically the […]

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Daniel Swain: A warm start to spring; low pressure system may bring thunderstorms to SoCal

April 26, 2019 – Following a banner snow season in the Sierra Nevada, snowmelt season is now well underway (though statewide snowpack remains fully 50% above the long-term average to date–the legacy of prodigious mid-winter accumulations). Temperatures across a majority of California have been well above average over the past month (especially near the coast), […]

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Daniel Swain: Record summer heat across much of state retreats; some deeper thoughts on El Niño

Sept. 19, 2018 – After a truly searing start to summer across most of California, especially in the south, the last several weeks have felt rather mild by comparison. The record-breaking heatwaves of July, followed by record warm ocean temperatures later in the summer in SoCal, made for very uncomfortable conditions across some of California’s […]

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Daniel Swain: Another prolonged heatwave for southern & interior CA; hottest July on record statewide?

July 23, 2018 – One of the most impressive heatwaves in recorded history brought truly blistering heat to Southern California earlier this month. Nearly every kind of of temperature record was broken in at least a few locations, from all-time daily maximum to all-time overnight minimums, and a countless daily/monthly records. This heatwave was especially […]

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