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.
I collect natural history, environmental, and geography books, almost compulsively. I look for used versions where I can (to save paper) but also appreciate that many of these books come out in runs of a few thousand copies, and aren't profit-makers for the publishing companies, so when they come out new, I buy them while they're new. If you like Geographile and want to let me know, please either comment on my posts, or visit my Powell's wishlist to feed my book collection. You might find books you like there, too.