Just How Dry Was The Summer?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - According to our new state climatologist Phillip Mote, this summer will go down as Washington's driest in a century -- if you factor in the whole state.

The state's rainfall for June, July and August was 70-to-85 percent below normal -- the driest since about 1895. Many places in Eastern Washington didn't get any rain during those three months.

Statewide, we received just 1.09 inches of rain this summer -- about 3 inches below normal.

The next driest was 1.43 inches in 1919.

In Seattle, we received 0.89 inches during those three months, a quick shower over the record driest 0.84 inches received in 1987.

Temperatures were about 2 degrees above normal, good for sixth-warmest in the past century.

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