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Trace of rain ruined region’s chance to mark longest dry streak

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
September 10, 2012 12:14 pm

It was over in 14 minutes.

That’s how long it took for .01 inches of rain to fall late Sunday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Just the bare minimum of moisture needed to qualify as measurable rain ruined the region’s chance to mark the longest dry spell.

“This is like losing a high-scoring basketball or football game by only 1 point….really frustrating!” University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote on his blog.

The brief shower started at 11:35 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The record remains 51 days set in the summer of 1951.

Second place goes to the most recent dry streak, which began its 48-day stretch on July 23 and ended Sunday just shy of the record. The third longest dry spell was 45 days set in 1991.

Raindrops will remain something of a rarity in Western Washington for the next two weeks with warm, dry weather in the forecast.

Today’s high will be 66 with temperatures slowly building to the high 70s by the end of the week.

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