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August 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Showers halt dry streak at 35 days

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.:|  By 2 p.m. Sea-Tac had recorded .03 inches of rain — officially ending the area’s dry streak at 35 days.  But the weekend forecast still looks promising.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.:| Rain was falling around much of the Seattle area by noon, but at Sea-Tac, where the city’s official readings are taken, only a trace had been recorded.  That could increase within the next few hours, which would end the area’s current dry streak at 35 days.

Previous post:|  Summer showers – a rare phenomenon this year – were working their way through the northern parts of Western Washington this morning, but as of 8 a.m. had yet to produce measurable rain in the Seattle area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike McFarland said there’s “about a 50-50 chance” that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will see an end today to the 35-day dry streak that began June 28.

That streak included the airport’s first dry July since 1960.

As of 8 a.m. today, light rain was falling in parts of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Jefferson and Clallam counties and was slowly working its way south, McFarland said.

If there’s no measurable rain today at Sea-Tac, where official Seattle readings are taken, the dry streak could last at least another week, as the forecast for next week calls for a mostly sunny pattern with high temperatures in the 80s.

This may sound familiar if you were here last summer, when Sea-Tac 48 straight days without measurable precipitation – just a bit shy of the record of 51 days set in 1951.

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