Clear skies, warmer temps on tap

Posted at 3:48 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 18:48:15-04

High pressure is building through the weekend, keeping mostly clear skies and dry conditions.

With the offshore winds, temperatures will also continue to warm through the weekend. Winds Friday are similar to today, then a little weather Saturday and Sunday.

Expect daytime highs to reach the mid-70s for most locations this weekend.

Hwy 58 east of California Valley. Hills in bloom.#beonksby

Posted by Frances Parker on Thursday, March 14, 2019

In more exciting weather news: For the first time since December 20, 2011, California is officially drought free. Only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry, according to the latest US Drought Monitor map.

More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update.

Since 2000, the longest duration of drought in California lasted 376 weeks, beginning on December 27, 2011, and ending on March 5, 2019.

The most intense period of drought occurred the week of October 28, 2014, affecting more than 58 percent of California land.

Photo courtesy: