The month of October is typically a beautiful time of year, weather wise across the Inland Northwest, and this year was no exception. The region enjoyed mainly sunny and clear skies. But we did see isolated showers from time to time, enough to move the precipitation total past the monthly average. And as the National weather Service’s Marilyn Lohmann explains that rain was sorely needed.
“So the water year is off to a great start, but we did go through such a long stretch of dry weather from June through September, so a lot of the locations are below normal for the calendar year.”
How far below are we?
- 64” in the Tri-Cities
- 69” in Yakima
- 88” in Walla Walla
- 50” in Pendleton
- 35” in Omak
- 02” in Moses Lake
- Wenatchee is 0.12” to the positive
Will we see enough rain between now and December 31st to negate are deficits? Lohmann said most likely not, the long-term forecast for the next three months calls for below average precipitation. But, with that being said, Lohman says next week should be a wet one across the region.
“Not consistent every day, but a couple of strong storm systems will roll in Wednesday and Thursday, and again through the weekend, where we could see rain amounts from ¼” to ½”.”
Lohman added behind those systems next week, the Northwest will enjoy warm, but windy conditions.
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