SPOKANE, Wash.-- It has not rained in Spokane in 30 days!
It may feel like an extremely long time after that harsh winter and very wet spring. Just a few months ago, Spokane broke a record for the WETTEST water year. The most precipitation recorded from October-April ever!
However, the city has got a lot longer without rain before.
In fact, 30 days is nowhere near the record. The record number of dry days in Spokane is 73. That record was set 100 years ago, ending 5, 1917.
Current dry streak: 30 days
June 28th-July 28th, 2017
Record dry streak: 73 days
In fact, to make it to the top 10 driest summers, we would need to hit 54 days (still 24 days away.)
Here's a look at the top 10 longest dry streaks in Spokane.
The driest summer dry spell in recent history was 57 days in 2008.
Spokane did see a couple of drops of rain in July this year. July 15th and July 20th.
A little drizzle here, some sprinkles there.
But, the rain didn't make it into the gauge at Spokane International Airport. That means officially, the dry streak continues.
The Storm Tracker 2 Team works closely with the National Weather Service year-round to make sure we stay on top of the wet winter outlooks and the dry summer forecasts.
There isn’t any rain in our weather team's forecast for the next week or so. Good news for summer heat lovers: things will stay pretty hot and dry.
“Our summers here are dry in general,” explained Jeff Cote, of the National Weather Service. “For the month of July and August, our average precipitation is about 1.2 inches.”
It has been a fairly hot summer too. Normally, in Spokane we will see an average number of 18 days that are warmer than 90 degrees. As of Friday, we are at 12 days of 90+ weather.
That is the official number from the airport. Other cities across the Inland Northwest have seen more days above 90 degrees.
“Generally, the forecast is for above normal forecast for the next 7 to 10 days,” Cote said. “The average this time of year is 86 and that’s about as high as the average high gets.”
(July 24th-August 5th are usually the hottest days of the year. But, our weather lately has been hotter than normal. And the forecast calls for above average temperatures looking ahead to August)
Cote, Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry, and Briana Bermensolo all agree the lack of rain doesn’t necessarily mean more wildfires. In fact, it might mean the opposite.
“Usually in the summer we’ll get the threat of lightning along with the showers,” Cote said. “And a lot of times the showers aren’t significant enough to dampen those lightning strikes.”
Stay cool out there, folks!