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From record rain back to summer sun

A gorgeous July sunset on Camano Island. Summer sun making a full comeback very soon. Photo: Tim Joyce

A gorgeous July sunset on Camano Island. Summer sun making a full comeback very soon. Photo: Tim Joyce

What a soggy day yesterday! Today is our transition to drier weather. The system of low pressure that brought yesterday’s record setting rain to many NW cities is on the move. This morning it’s centered in southern BC and will be even further NE by this afternoon so we’ll dry things out for the whole region by the end of the day.

But, let’s look back at that wet Wednesday’s RECORD RAIN. Some of these rainfall records go back to as far back as 1918:

0.89″ – Seattle NOAA Headquarters
0.82″ – Astoria
0.76″ – SeaTac Int’l Airport
0.72″ – Bellingham, WA
0.63″ – Hoquiam, WA
0.62″ – Portland
0.52″ – Vancouer, WA
0.36″ – Hillsboro, OR
0.27″ – Olympia
0.21″ – Eugene, OR

TODAY everyone west of the Cascades sees a few morning showers, except for north of Everett, WA with some light rain at times. Highs will still struggle to get to 70 degrees. Normal this time of year for Seattle is 77.

THIS WEEKEND summer makes a full comeback. FRIDAY starts out cloudy but we’ll see great sunshine by the afternoon. High temps in the 70s. SATURDAY we’ll see very brief AM clouds for most locations and then nice sunshine by mid-morning if not a touch earlier. High temps getting into the low 80s around Seattle and close to 90 for Portland. We’ll have great weather for the Torchlight Parade and run in downtown Seattle. SUNDAY looks like a carbon copy of Saturday, except high temps might be just a degree or two warmer.

NEXT WEEK our summery weather continues. We might see some Cascade thunderstorms on Monday– but otherwise we look to remain dry with temperatures just a little bit above late July norms.

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