Looking ahead to next week, the weather event that sticks out will be the big warm-up in California and other places in the Southwest. A big ridge building aloft will help bring about the warming and it will really feel like spring is about here. Depending on where you are, the warmest weather will occur at different times between early and midweek. For Arizona, Utah and central and eastern Nevada, the warmest weather will not occur before Wednesday and Thursday. However, in parts of central and Southern California, the warmest weather comes Monday through Tuesday, lingering in spots Wednesday.
Below are some of the warmest temperatures I expect during this period.
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Certainly in Southern California and the desert Southwest it will be time to break out the shorts.
A prolonged rain-free pattern is setting in.
By this time in 1998 there was twice as much rain that had occurred to date compared to 2015-2016.
Could an unusual El Nino precipitation pattern be as simple as looking at the state of water temperatures?
One thing that I find interesting is that the pattern since fall has not been your typical El Nino storm pattern.
There are signs of a possible stormier pattern beginning the week of Jan. 18.
The cumulative effect of the series of storms will mean flooding, mudslides and debris flows are going to be a problems for much of the week