San Francisco Got No Rain in January, for the First Time Since Record Keeping Began in 1850
California has been mired in drought for more than three years and this January illustrates a massive shift in the Golden State’s short-term climate. For the first time, since record keeping began in 1850, San Francisco received no rain in the month of January. Zero, zilch, nada.
Compare that with San Francisco’s climatological average for rain — 4.19 inches (San Francisco International Airport) — and the scope of the change is quite apparent.
The lack of any rain is in stark contrast to December 2014’s hefty monthly rain fall of 10.66 inches. And according to the Washington Post’s Angela Fritz, “the previous record-driest January for the city was just last year, when 0.06 inches of rain fell.”
Other parts of California are also reporting record dry weather. Sacramento and San Jose only reported 0.01 inches and 0.02 inches, respectively, in the month of January.
Southern California was also dry, but they fared better than their northern counter parts.
With snow pack abysmally low and little relief in sight — in the short-term — the Climate Prediction Center expects the drought in California to persist or even intensify.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond