Dry weather forecast for New Year's Day, rest of week

Cold shivers. A bit hazy. Dry.

That describes how some people are going to feel on New Year's Day after a night of reveling and also the weather forecast through the weekend.

The dry conditions kicking off 2013 belie what has been a wet winter so far on the North Coast.

Through Monday, 19.76 inches of rain had fallen in downtown Santa Rosa since July 1, good for ninth place overall dating back 30 years.

The record for the same period is 24.73 inches, which fell in 1983.

Last year, a measly 4.24 inches of the wet stuff had fallen in Santa Rosa by July 1 through this date, sparking worry among ranchers, grape growers and umbrella salesmen.

That's not been a problem so far this year, with December's total of 9.86 inches of rain adding to what already was a soggy couple of months.

Looking ahead, the 30-year average for rainfall in the month of January in Santa Rosa is 5.93 inches.

The driest January on record was 1976, when just more than a third of an inch of rain fell in Santa Rosa.

This week is not expected to add to any rainfall totals, according to Duane Dykema, a forecaster for the U.S. National Weather Service in Monterey.

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