Heavy rain today should help green up your yard

south sound: After endless summer, it’s time to get used to rain

rboone@theolympian.comOctober 15, 2012 

Olympia-area residents might already be longing for another streak of sunny weather after rain and wind swept through Thurston County on Sunday, with more wind and rain in the forecast for today, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected to taper off early this morning, then begin again about 11 a.m. for a 12-hour stretch, bringing nearly an inch of rain to South Sound, said Johnny Burg of the National Weather Service.

The heavy rain could result in some minor urban or small stream flooding, he said.

Wind, too, is expected to pick up again tonight, blowing 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, Burg said.

The showers will continue Tuesday, with partly sunny and dry weather expected to return Wednesday and Thursday. Rain is in the forecast for Thursday night and Friday, Burg said. Daytime temperatures will be mild during the week, ranging from the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Thurston County residents, so accustomed to gray skies and steady rainfall, were spoiled this summer before a long stretch of dry and sunny weather came to an end on Thursday, Burg said.

The Olympia area had no measurable precipitation for 46 days, registering only 0.04 inches of rain on Aug. 26. Forty-six days is not a record for the area, but comes close to a 55-day streak of no measurable precipitation that ended on Aug. 13, 1960.

However, the Olympia area also had an 83-day streak of mostly dry weather that had 0.04 inches of rain or less this year, which began July 20 and ended Thursday, Burg said.

That breaks the record of 78 days, which ended on Sept. 8, 1967.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com @rolf_boone theolympian.com/bizblog

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