September is usually the month that rains return to the Southwest Interior, which includes Olympia and Yelm. Yet, this month has been quite different. With only .08 inches of rain recorded at the National Weather Service at Olympia Regional Airport and a weather forecast calling for dry weather all week, September 2012 is shaping up to be the driest on record smashing the driest record of 1.34 inches in September 1953.
Click here for this week’s forecast from the Weather Channel.
Alexis Krell filed this report last week in The Olympian:
The latter half of the summer has definitely been drier than normal and warmer than normal, National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Albrecht said. As weve gotten into September, usually a month where youre starting to cool off, were really stuck in this pattern.
Only two days since mid-July saw even a measurable trace of rain, and it was the driest August since 1974, according to the Weather Service. Five days had highs in the 90s this year, compared with an annual average of three.