Last month was the driest June record for the wettest part of Washington State. The Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park got just 0.17 inches of rain last month.
That’s less than half the previous record low from 1961, and well under the four inches that falls in an average June. Ranger Jon Preston collects daily measurements at the visitors’ center there. He says the region started drying out in May.
“Things really got crispy. And as a person who’s looked at this rain forest for many years, the moss just shriveled up and went into dormancy, and is sort of a skeleton of its former self,” says Preston.
Preston says for the year, precipitation is trending about 20 percent below average at the Hoh Rain Forest station. That means heavy fire danger. The Paradise Fire is burning about 45 miles away, where it’s consumed more than a thousand acres of mostly remote forest.
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