This year is likely shaping up to be the driest calendar year on record for San Francisco, adding to the mounting wildfires that have plagued the state.
The Pfeiffer Fire in Los Padres National Forest is only 20 percent contained and has caused nearly 100 evacuations since it began on Dec. 17. Incoming winds around the area on Thursday could be around 10 to 20 mph.
San Francisco's International Airport has only received 3.38 inches of rain since January.
That is well below the 18.37 inches that typically falls by mid-December and the 20.65 inches San Francisco averages in an entire calendar year.
The city averages 4.03 inches during the entire month of December--further proof of how little rain San Francisco has picked up.
The National Weather Service in San Francisco states that 2013 is now on track to become San Francisco's driest calendar year on record, easily beating 1946 and its 8.79 inches.
"The Pacific jet stream, along which storms follow, has had a hard time frequently dropping into the Southwest," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel stated as to why San Francisco has been so dry this year.
"A ridge of high pressure has instead kept the jet stream aimed at northern Canada."
After a dry first half of the week, a shower will return to San Francisco on Thursday. Rain amounts, however, will not be significant.
In fact, there are no signs of a heavy rain event unfolding through the end of the year and preventing 2013 from becoming San Francisco's all-time driest year.
Records in San Francisco date back to 1927.
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A train of storms will continue to deliver rain to the Pacific Northwest with one particular storm this weekend likely to be the strongest of the bunch.
A major storm centered on Christmas Eve will affect the Midwest and East with strong winds, areas of heavy snow, wind-swept rain and thunderstorms.
With many winter storms lined up, snow will create a wintry setting for Christmas in some areas.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring unsettled weather to the British Isles and northern Europe this week.
Residents of Seattle and western Washington will want to keep rain gear handy as wet weather continues to move through the region.
Conditions will turn dry for San Francisco this weekend and last into next week.
Charleston, Savannah (1743)
Charleston/Savannah buried in greatest snowstorm know to settlers.
Ice storm; 1.9" ice on ground. Ice remained on ground until January 4th. Springfield, Illinois had 3.63" precip. $21 million damage.
Washington, D.C. (1932)
12.0" of snow - biggest Dec. snowstorm.