A large ridge of high pressure (we haven’t had a lot of those this winter) will settle in over the west coast for the next week, giving us very warm, though not record setting temperatures. Sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 60s Tuesday will give way to a few clouds midweek, but temperatures will stay up in the 60s into the weekend, with lows near the freezing mark. Winds will generally light throughout the week.
While a large ridge of high pressure isn’t the greatest news when it comes to pulling ourselves out of the drought, it is by no means unusual, or a sign that our wetter than average winter has run its course. Even in the wettest winters, there is almost always a dry spell somewhere in the middle. And looking ahead to some of the longer range computer models (keeping in mind those can change as we get closer), there is some indication that as we approach the latter part of February we could be moving back into an active weather pattern.