SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Across much of Northern and Central California there has been little if any rain this month, and monthly totals will wind up at or near long-term records.
As of Monday, San Francisco had no rainfall for the entire month. If this trend continues, it would beat the record low of 0.06 inches set last January. In January 2013, 0.49 inches of rain fell on San Francisco.
The past three Januaries in San Francisco are among the five driest on record. This has brought the average for the past ten years down to 3.03 inches, dramatically lower than the 30-year normal of 4.55 inches.
In San Jose, 0.02 inches of rain have fallen so far this month, beating the January record of 0.10 inches set in 1920. Last January, San Jose saw 0.12 inches of rain.
Like San Francisco, Sacramento has not seen any rain in January. The current record was set in 2007, when only 0.07 inches fell to start that year.
Even in Eureka, which is known for wet winters, is seeing its fourth driest January on record with only 1.36 inches of rain so far this month.
January’s lack of rainfall contrasts with the wet weather the Bay Area experienced in December. Last month, San Francisco saw 11.7 inches of rain.