With 2013 quickly coming to a close, it's shaping up to be one of the driest calendar years on record for many places in California.
Almost all of the Golden State is under either a severe or extreme drought with no end in sight heading into 2014.
This prolonged drought has contributed to the heightened risk of wildfires over the past several months and is raising major concerns in the agriculture industry.
Looking at the forecast through the remainder of 2013 and into the beginning of 2014, it appears as though very little rain -- if any at all -- will fall across the state.
"With the huge agricultural community already burdened by high prices of water and big restrictions on the amount of water allocated, this bleak outlook could be quite significant," said Ken Clark, AccuWeather.com Western U.S. Expert.
"This much lack of rain over such a long period of time could prove to be catastrophic for farmers."
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The table above shows the six most populated cities in California and how much rainfall they have received in 2013 compared to normal. Totals are as of Dec. 26, 2013.
Looking at the six most populated cities in California, San Diego is the only city that has received more than 50 precent of its normal yearly rainfall. That being said, San Diego is still well below their normal yearly rainfall total.
Although there are still a few days for these numbers to change, it is unlikely that they will do so with no rain in the forecast for any of these cities through the rest of 2013.
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno are just a few of the cities on track to set new records for the driest calendar year on record.
California is currently in the middle of their 'rainy season,' which is considered to last from October to March.
This time frame is known as the 'rainy season' due to the fact that during these months, there is typically a greater chance for rain than the other months of the year.
With only three months left in the current rainy season, many Californians are hoping that things will pick up to help battle the extreme drought.
Damaging thunderstorms will threaten North Carolina to the southeast Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Temperatures will plummet by as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 24 hours along the I-95 corridor from New York City and Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.
A major winter storm will lash Illinois to Maine. It will unfold into a blizzard across portions of New England, unleashing more than a foot of snow.
With winter coming to a close, numerous cars are off the roadways and in body shops, as vehicles take a hit from the season's potholes and salt corrosion.
A storm system will move east through the Rockies and spread snow into the Plains during the day on Tuesday.
Rain is in the forecast leading up to the start of the Formula 1 Season in Melbourne this weekend.
Fort Collins, CO (1998)
5 degrees - tied for the coldest reading of the winter - the first winter on record (since 1889) with no 0 degree readings.
New England/ New York (1959)
20" of snow; blizzard conditions, transportation paralyzed.
New York/New England (1888)
The Blizzard of '88. (See also March 12). Middletown, CT - 50" of snow Concord, NH - 27.5" of snow Newark, NJ - 19" of snow