As any of you who are golfers will probably know, next week is the AT&T tournament here, so we are preparing for hot, sunny weather (70s), cold, rainy weather (40s with fog and drizzle), no wind, gale force winds, one cloudburst, some sleet and/or freezing rain. So far this year we have about half of our expected rainfall (and all of it, about 18", comes in the winter months), so are in a drought mode as this is the third year with less than normal rainfall. Last year we had a deep freeze, for us, in Jan. This year we set new records for heat - into the 80s - and Feb. has begun with lovely, warm days in the upper 60s along the coast and abundant sunshine. As you can see, our weather is quite variable and generally unpredictable in the long range. So that part has been normal this winter. Temps have been above normal, so lots of daffodils are blooming and cyclamen. The camellias are totally confused with some late bloomers in their full glory while some which usually in bloom in Feb. still have tight buds. All in all, a most unusual year, but not overly cold nor overly hot - just strange. Shirley Meneice, Cal. Central Coast, Zone 9 (or 10 in the more favorable areas such as mine, about 900' from the coast at an elevation of 125'.