We’re having driest October since the 1940s in Puget Sound area. Any rain in sight?
Yelm’s weather forecast from the National Weather Service – no rain until Oct. 21.
From The Olympian:
We’re only 10 days in, but so far October is proving to be the driest since the 1940s, according to the National Weather Service. No measurable precipitation has fallen in the Puget Sound region as of Monday.
Along with that deficit of rain, daily high-temperature records have been falling across the region, according to Kayla Mazurkiewicz, a National Weather Service forecaster. On Friday, Seattle hit 77 degrees.
Olympia hit 81 Oct. 2, and has reached into the upper 70s a few days since. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, are expected to reach 77 and 76 degrees.
Most of Western Washington is now in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. All of the state falls into the “abnormally dry” category. The impacts are expected to be short-term.
Farther south, parts of Oregon and California are experiencing extreme and exceptional drought levels — the highest categories the Drought Monitor assigns. Agricultural and hydrological impacts to those states could be long lasting.
While the rain forecast is grim in the short term, the Climate Prediction Center is calling for above-average precipitation in Washington by the end of 2022.