Dry Spell Likely To Continue In Northwest

Aug 31, 2012

Northwesterners heading out for the Labor Day weekend have a pretty good chance of staying dry. The region is in the midst of one of the driest streaks on record. And there's little chance of that changing soon.

It hasn't been your imagination. It's been really dry in the Northwest this summer. In fact, it's been mid-July since Seattle, Portland and Boise have recorded any measurable precipitation. Summers are typically dry in this part of the country, but this stretch is almost one for the record books. And it looks like the dry spell should continue, says National Weather Service forecaster Liana Ramirez.

Ramirez: "We don't have any measurable precipitation expected for the next week or so and possibly even longer. If the models stay on track, it looks like we're going to have a pretty lengthy summer pattern lingering over the area."

But Ramirez says even though this summer has been one of the hottest on the books nationally, she says the Northwest is unlikely to set many high temperature records this year. Despite some triple-digit days in August, the season has been relatively mild on the whole.

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