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    Dry, Warm Weather Continues for Southern California

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    January 15, 2011, 7:51:32 AM EST

    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.

    Temperatures today and tomorrow will soar into the low 80s across the Los Angeles Basin, challenging record highs in some areas. Highs will also be a few degrees above normal for San Diego.

    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.


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    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.


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    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.

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