This year has been the driest on record for the San Francisco area so far. As on Sept. 22, the city has only seen 3.94 inches of rain since Jan. 1.
According to AccuWeather.com's long-range fall forecast, drought conditions that have been plaguing much of California are expected to continue through the first part of the season, with October's dry, warm Santa Ana winds contributing to further fire concerns.
City officials stated that they are unconcerned about local reservoirs, as they remain 71 to 77 percent full.
Precipitation chances remain low for the first week of fall, with mostly sunny skies forecast for each day. Daytime temperatures at the beginning of the week will stay in the mid- to upper 60s, but will approach 80 over the weekend.
Nighttime hours for the week will have temperatures in the mid-50s and clear skies.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during the Valentine's Day weekend.
Untreated roadways and sidewalks could be slippery, causing some problems for the morning commute.
Conditions will be favorable for lake-effect snow through the end of the week, threatening low visibility and dangerous travel conditions.
Episodes of snow and slippery travel will affect the mid-Atlantic states and parts of New England through Thursday.
A new study has found that nearly a tenth of cereal crops have been wiped out due to droughts and heat waves between 1964 and 2007.
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Indianapolis, IN (1982)
-21 degrees - all time February record.
Kansas City, MO (1997)
1st 10 days of February saw only 1 percent of possible sunshine.
New England (2005)
Heavy snowfall totals include. Lost River, NH 23.8" Pinkham Notch, NH 16.0" Bridgton, ME 16.0" Franconia Notch, NH 15.5" Hebron, ME 27.0" Guilford, ME 25.0"