SPOKANE, Wash. – With temperatures in the 40s since Friday, Spokane is hovering around 10 degrees above average this week. And while warmer temperatures are not unheard of for this time of the year, the amount of precipitation received this winter is well below average.
Spokane stands three and a half to four inches below normal this winter. Since Oct. 1, less than three inches of rain and snow have fallen. Usually by this time, the Inland Northwest has received closer to six and a half inches of moisture.
The last time Spokane saw this dry of a winter was in 2000 when we measured less than three inches of precipitation from October to December. The driest winter on record came in 1976 when Spokane received just 1.41 inches of precipitation in the three-month period.
Meteorologists said this dry weather pattern is likely to continue giving Spokane little chance to catch up on all the missed moisture.