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The record books indicate what we already knew:
Puget Sound is well into the driest summer on record.
From Jeff Renner’s blog (KING-5 TV News Staff Weather Reporter):
“…from the solstice to present, SEATAC airport has recorded only 0.07″ of rain. That puts this summer firmly in first place. Second place belongs to 1951, which recorded 0.31″ over the same period, and third place to 1960 with 0.38″.” scroll to August 21, 2006.

KOMO-TV4 in Seattle is reporting the following:
“Remember our near-record 27 straight days of rain in January? With our sunny day Saturday, we’ve just brokoen one of that record’s counterparts, although granted, it’s a bit obscure. Saturday, Aug. 26, marks the 71st consecutive day of getting 0.05” of rain or less. (That’s typically about a two hours of light “Seattle rain” in the fall and winter.) The last time we’ve had a significantly rainy day was June 16th…
The 71 days breaks the all-time record set from June 23rd to August 31st in 1967. The record could end up getting as high as 76 or 77 or more before it finally ends.Aside from the 0.05″ or less streak, we are also on pace to be the second-driest July-and-August in history. So far, we’ve accumulated 0.07″ since July 1. (Actually, that goes back to June 17). The driest July/August was, you guessed it, 1967, when we only received 0.03″ of rain. Obviously, they got at least 0.05″ on Sept. 1, so summer ended with a vengeance then.”

As of today, September 6, we’re still making records everyday with no rain and no rain in sight until maybe September 9!

Posted by Steve on September 6, 2006 at 9:57 am | Permalink

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