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“Excessive heat warning issued for Western Washington”

“An excessive heat warning is in effect for much of Western Washington noon Thursday through 9 p.m. Friday, with temperatures expected to soar into the mid to upper 90s around Western Washington.”

“Also, a Red Flag Warning has been posted for the central and southern Puget Sound area until 9pm Wednesday. A combination of low humidity, high temperatures and wind gusts to 20 mph will create explosive fire growth potential,” quoting KING-5 TV News.
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– “Olympia might hit 97 degrees Thursday, break record for date”

“The Weather Service issued a warning Wednesday of heightened fire danger as heat, low humidity and winds combined in the region. The Red Flag warning has not been issued in this region for three years. The last time was in 2009, and was prompted by lightning.”

“Thunderstorms could hit the region Saturday. If they dont, South Sound could be looking at one of the longest dry spells since the Weather Service began keeping records in 1948.

The longest stretch was 51 days, in 1951. Though we are unlikely to rival that record, Haner said its possible that absent rain this weekend we could sneak into the fifth-longest dry spell. That record is 39 days, ending Aug. 19, 1997,” by Stacia Glenn in The Olympian.
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Posted by Steve on August 16, 2012 at 6:32 am | Permalink

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