As the frosty fight continues in the San Joaquin Valley's citrus groves, the arctic invasion has hammered the West.
Vancouver, Wash., was 9 degrees this morning. South Lake Tahoe hit minus three. Meacham, Ore., had a minus 27. Fort Benton, Mont., was minus 37 on Saturday morning. Those are all records.
The National Weather Service this morning said the freezing temperatures should ease off by the end of the week. We'll probably know more about possible citrus damage in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, meteorologists aren't seeing a lot of encouraging signs for stormy weather over the next week for this part of the state, though there might be rainfall in Northern California.
Fresno had rainless Decembers in 2011 and 1989. That won't happen this year. The city had .15 of an inch on Dec. 7.
But the average here is 1.77 inches in December, according to the Weather Service. The totals from October, November and the first part of this month don't equal 1.77.