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While most Yelm businesses have summer irrigation restrictions –
Wal-Mart does not, regardless of record heat/dryness here

Yelm Wal-Mart sidewalk area adjacent SR 507
Photo credit: Yelm Community Blog, July 30, 2015

– Yelm’s multi-national corporations have no irrigation concerns while many locally-owned businesses are on irrigation restrictions
While the Pacific Northwest is in the midst of the warmest and driest summer on-record, the Yelm Wal-Mart (self-described community good citizen) is thumbing their nose at most Yelm businesses, which have a city-mandated irrigation restriction. While Safeway has been watering their front sidewalk strip, clearly not at the same volume of Wal-Mart, who has fully green strips vs. Safeway’s green-brown strips being noticeably different. Of course, if you are a local business owner here, your yard is likely totally brown. Again, large multi-national corporations rule Yelm, as so many locally-owned business owners have previously said. While there are a few businesses with watered green areas, Wal-Mart’s is the largest watered storefront grassy strip and the most visible. And what is up with the City of Yelm watering the Stevens St. grass strips?

– Official weather station at Sea-Tac Int’l Airport records hottest June, hottest July, most 90 degree summer days and driest period, EVER!
“The following cities have clinched their hottest July on record (all data is preliminary):

* Seattle: July 2015 average monthly temperature is 71.2 degrees. This beats the old July record of 69.5 degrees set in 2009. Depending on the final data, this may have also beat out August 1967 (71.1 degrees) for the hottest of any month on record. Records date back to 1894.”

“Seattle saw its eleventh 90-degree day of 2015 on Friday, which is a new record for the most 90-degree days in a calendar year. The old record was nine days set in 1958. Seattle averages just two days with 90-degree heat annually. The Emerald City could add to this record with temperatures forecast to be near 90 this weekend. A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Pudget (sic) Sound area through Sunday.”
Read more from The Weather Channel.

– Tinder dry here
“It’s also been historically dry lately. May 1 – June 30, 2015, was the driest ever for that period. This past June was the fourth-driest June on record. Normal June rainfall is 1.57 inches. Seattle received 0.23 inches last month,” quoiting KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
Read more

– “The Wettest Rainforest in the United States Has Gone Up in Flames”
“When fire can eat a rainforest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.”
By Subhankar Banerjee, The Nation.
Read more

– “Warm water ‘blob’ invades Puget Sound”
From KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
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Posted by Steve on August 1, 2015 at 7:01 am | Permalink

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