In the typical vein of a La Nina winter, dry and warm weather will persist across Southern California for at least the next several days.
Accompanying the warm temperatures will be plenty of sunshine, stretching east across the high deserts.
Such conditions are expected during a La Nina winter. Typically, the region experiences dry weather and mild temperatures.
Conditions were anything but typical in December, when much of Southern California recorded 5 to 10 inches or more of rain, leading to devastating mudslides and flooding.
The storm track that drenched California last month has shifted north and is dousing the Pacific Northwest, also typical of a La Nina winter.
With snow on the ground across much of the Plains and East, Southern California residents are enjoying the warm conditions and may continue to do so for a while to come.
Temperatures are expected to average above normal for the next couple of weeks, while precipitation will run below normal.
However, Western expert Ken Clark warns against a prolonged warm and dry forecast. In his blog, Clark highlights the difference between one computer model predicting continued dry conditions and another forming a cold low pressure system off the coast.
While rain will slice through portions of the Midwest and Northeast this week, it will interrupt the stretch of dry weather in store for most locations only briefly.
While waters will be slow to recede across flood-ravaged South Carolina, a stretch of dry weather will provide favorable conditions for cleanup efforts across the region.
Joaquin remains on track to make Europe its final destination with a part of the British Isles and western Europe first facing potential impacts this weekend.
The next round of rain for the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas will be at the end of the week into the start of the weekend.
Despite Hurricane Oho not making landfall across Hawaii, rough surf will rattle the islands into Friday.
A storm system producing localized flash flooding and gusty thunderstorms will progress eastward across the Southwest states through the middle of the week.
Punta Rassa, FL (near Ft. Myers) (1873)
Hurricane destroyed town; 14-foot tide.
Ucluelet Brynnor Mines, Canada (1967)
Highest daily total of rainfall ever for Canada -- 19.61 inches in 24 hours.
Rotterdam, Netherlands (1981)
An F-28 airliner crashed, killing all aboard after apparently traversing a tornado shortly after take-off.