Contrary to meteorologist expectations, this winter has been way too dry. This part of the state, in La Niña winters, can go either way, wet or dry. Prognosticators wait until late in the year to tell us how it will likely go, and at the last minute, last year, they said it’d be wet.
Dry Januarys are not that unusual, even in wetter years, but this winter is just… too dry.
That said, chilly dry nights can make for lovely sunsets.