– “Seattle about to surpass longest 70-degree stretch on record”
“Seattle is about to set another weather record.
That’s right, 2017 is the year of records. We’ve already been there for the amount of rain we received this spring. We were there again this summer when we surpassed the longest consecutive dry streak.
Now we’re at it again with the longest consecutive stretch with temperatures at or above 70 degrees.
The record for that stretch is 62 days, which was set in 2013. Before that, it was a 61-day stretch that was set in 2006,” by Jordan Steele, KING-5 TV News. [The record will be broken on Aug. 30th.]
– Thurston County in the midst of tinder dry conditions
Olympia Regional Airport has recorded only .05 inches of rain in July and .11 inches of rain in August. Since June 18, there have only been .16 inches of rain, plus a trace of precipitation on June 28, also adding to a dry summer here.
– “That wet start we had to 2017? It’s now fueling a late-summer rash of brush fires.”
“Although the early-August haze that choked Puget Sound with smoke was the product of Canadian wildfires, the dry season in the South Sound and statewide continues to produce fires frequently enough to spark an array of problems for local and state authorities.
With the wildfire season just reaching what officials hope is its peak, the state Department of Natural Resources had logged 575 fires so far in 2017, with 136,000 acres burned — about on pace for what the state has been seeing in recent years, an agency spokesman said.
Strip away the largest fire of 2016 — the disastrous Range 12 fire near Yakima that did more damage than the rest of the year’s 1,272 wildfires combined — and the amount burned already this year is more acreage than was charred the entire previous year,” by Derrick Nunnally, Tacoma News Tribune.