Heat, dry spell stoke drought concerns across CA

A surfer rides a wave churned by a winter storm breaking underneath the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge on Jan. 6, 2016, in San Francisco Bay. (AP/Ben Margot)

Ten days with record heat and no rain have Californians worrying about the drought again.

The strong El Nino had brought the state near-normal rain and snow this winter, raising hopes that four years of record dry conditions were over.

But highs surging to 95 degrees in Southern California have surfers and golfers out in February.

PHOTOS: Rain, storms hit Bay Area during 2016 El Nino season


Climate researcher Sam Iacobellis with Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego says this El Nino so far hasn't brought the strong rain and other weather patterns that meteorologists expect with big El Ninos.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say it's normal to have some long dry spells even during strong El Ninos.

Forecasters expect some rain next week, after more record highs in much of the West.

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