Seattle on track to break record dry streak

After record winter rainfall for the second year in a row, Seattlelites all felt they deserved a break. And after dropping more than four feet of rain on them - Mother Nature seems to have heard their pleas and turned off the spigot on June 17.

Not a drop of rain has fallen at Sea-Tac since.

Of course, Seattle did see some rain last Friday, but it didn't make it into the gauge at Sea-Tac. So, officially, Seattle continues to add to the day streak.

Through Monday, they had 37 consecutive dry days -- the eighth longest dry streak in the 72-year history of Sea-Tac. One more day and they'll be tied for seventh place. Seattle should be in the top five by the end of the week. 

What are the chances of beating the 51-day record? Good. Nothing in the long range computer models looks like rain. The last week of July and the first two weeks of August are climatologically the driest time of our year! Seattle has to make it to Aug. 8 to tie the record, and the Aug. 9 to break it, which could happen.

Of course, it hasn't just been dry - it's been warm.

Seattle has had 26 days (beginning June 29) where Sea-Tac's high has been 70 or warmer.  And it has been comfortable with highs mostly in the mid-70s to mid-80s. Seattle should stay warm and get into the top ten longest warm streaks by the weekend. 

It is interesting to note that climate change models have predicted that overall Seattle will have warmer and drier summers, and wetter and warmer winters. It looks like that may be happening. 

Regardless, it's feeling like paradise this summer in Seattle - until they get the water bills for keeping our plants alive!

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