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July was averse to the rain.
August, at least so far, is willing to give it a chance.
After a five-week hiatus from wet weather that spanned all of July, 0.05 inches of rain has fallen so far today—halting Seattle’s dry streak at 35 days. That’s just shy of the cutoff for a top-ten dry spell in the city (37 days), but well short of the all-time mark of 51.
July has officially earned its place in history.
No measurable rain fell at Sea-Tac Airport last month, making it one of Seattle’s driest Julys on record—along with July 1960 and July 1958, both of which also skated by without any measurable precipitation. In addition, July 2013 goes into the books as just the sixth rain-free month ever observed at the airport—August 2012, September 1991, September 1975 and the two additional dry Julys are the others. Weather records at Sea-Tac stretch back to 1945.
We’re marching toward the record books.
Seattle is just a few strides away from locking up a dry July for the first time in over 50 years, with no measurable rainfall recorded at Sea-Tac Airport since 0.14 inches fell on June 27. With rain unlikely through Wednesday, this month is primed to become just the third dry July on record at the airport—and the sixth rain-free month for Seattle overall.
Cue the drumroll.
So this is what autopilot feels like.
With no weather systems lurking nearby, it’s been a smooth ride in Seattle the past few days, with abundant sunshine and plenty of warmth. Even the pesky marine clouds, hallmarks of a Puget Sound summer, have largely gone quiet, beaten back to the coast each morning by the strong July sun.
It hasn’t happened since the final summer of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency, but in ten days, history could at long last repeat itself.
Seattle, as measured at Sea-Tac Airport, could notch its first dry July since 1960—and just its third dry July overall.
Got rain, anyone?
Last year, we kicked off October with 11 straight days of rain.
This year, things couldn’t have begun on a more different note.
With no rain expected until Friday, the first 11 days of the month will go down as completely dry—Seattle’s driest start to October since 1991, when rain held off until the 16th of the month. In addition, the lack of any moisture today means that at day’s end, we’ll have only seen .03 inches of precipitation since July 23—making for the driest 80 days on record.
Soak it up now, because by this weekend, we’ll be drenched.
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