Soggy no more: Seattle turns switch with record dry streak

SEATTLE — Soggy Seattle clocked the wettest winter on record just months ago. Now, the city known for its Gore-Tex and overcast days has gone in the other extreme: it’s in its longest dry streak in more than six decades.

As of Tuesday, 52 consecutive dry days have been measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and there’s no rain in the forecast for the next few days, said Gary Schneider, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. The previous record was set in 1951.

“We really have been whipsawed here in the Pacific Northwest,” Nick Bond, Washington state climatologist said Wednesday. “It was a very wet spring — in some places, record amounts of rain on the heels of more winter we’ve had in the last few years.

“And boy, the switch was turned or something. We’ve obviously really dried out,” he said.

You won’t hear any complaints from Helena Baker.

“I love it,” said the financial counsellor, who has been getting outside more with her kids, working on her tan and generally enjoying the lack of rain. The wet spring made her so depressed, she said.

Mario Kohsmann, however, prefers Seattle’s cooler seaside climate. He moved from New Orleans more than a decade ago partly for that reason.

“It’s horrendous for me,” the 46-year-old said of the dry streak. “This summer has been unseasonably warm. I don’t mind rain.”

It comes as unusual heat last week sent temperatures climbing to triple digits in parts of the Pacific Northwest.


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