Storm brings record rain

May 16, 2011 

The storm that pushed its way through the region this weekend dumped plenty of rain and set at least one record in Olympia, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday’s rain marked the wettest May 14 on record in Olympia. With 0.93 of an inch recorded, it broke the previous record set in 2001 by a tenth of an inch, said meteorologist Johnny Burg.

Rain continued Sunday and by the early afternoon, Olympia had seen 0.73 of an inch, 0.06 of an inch shy of the 1965 record. Burg said showers throughout the rest of the day would likely put totals over the previous record.

Halfway through the month, this May is already wetter than normal and forecasters say it will continue to be wetter and colder than normal.

“This is still the lingering effects of La Niña,” Burg said.

So when can we expect some warm, sunny days?

Forecasts show highs in the 60s by Wednesday, with temperatures reaching the upper 60s Thursday.

Until then, the region can expect more showers and cool temperatures.

“If you can wait until Wednesday, it looks like it’s getting a little better,” Burg said.

Long-range forecast models show temperatures sliding back to normal in June and July, he added.

Nate Hulings: 260-754-5476 nhulings@theolympian.com www.theolympian.com/outsideoly

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