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September 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Rain, wind, cool temps make it official: It’s fall

Fall, finally.

It hit us in the face Monday with wind, rain and cooler temperatures, and it kidnapped the sun.

In some parts of Western Washington, rain was heavy, and blustery conditions caused scattered power outages.

About 2 ½ inches of rain fell on Shelton, Mason County, in 24 hours, while up to 4 inches fell in some parts of the Olympics and Cascades, said Johnny Burg, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts on Monday reached 58 mph at Quillayute Airport on the coast, and up to 61 mph at Lake Lawrence in eastern Thurston County.

In the Puget Sound area, less than an inch of rain on average fell on most cities, and winds were generally between 10 and 25 mph, Burg said.

Fear not. The sun will appear again.

Tuesday looks partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of showers, while Wednesday should be sunny with highs in the mid-60s. Winds will ease, with speeds in the Seattle area ranging between 6 and 9 mph, according to the forecast.

On Thursday, it could be sunny and warmer, with a high of 73.

But Burg said another weather system is expected Thursday night, bringing a chance of rain overnight and for Friday. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, forecasters say, it should be partly sunny.

High temperatures will be in the low to mid-60s.

Fall, which technically arrived at 2:05 a.m. Friday, is definitely here.

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