Rain, wind cut short peace event

Olympia area feels full force of fall with more than an inch of rain and 33 mph wind gusts

rboone@theolympian.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Mother Nature delivered a dose of fall weather on cue Sunday, reminding Olympia-area residents about the all-too familiar rain, wind and cloudy skies that will be around for awhile.

The rainy weather marked a quick end to what had been one of the driest summers in recent memory.

But that all changed about noon Sunday when the area was pelted by heavy rain and gusty winds.

It also made for tough going for some outdoor events, including the second day of activities tied to the 33rd International Day of Peace, which began Saturday at Heritage Park.

The occasion was marked by several activities, including the creation of an “Iraq War Memorial,” in which temporary grave markers were inserted into the grounds of the park.

But once the foul weather set in, all that was gone, leaving a small group of people huddled under a tarp to complete the weekend of peace.

About 15 people gathered under cover to observe a water blessing and then clasped hands to dance the “dances of universal peace,” according to a Sunday itinerary.

Participants began departing after that.

As for the weather, the Olympia area received nearly an inch of rain, with sustained winds of 23 miles per hour and gusts that topped out at 33 miles per hour, said Johnny Burg of the National Weather Service. But as bad as Sunday’s weather was from about noon to 2 p.m., it did clear for about two hours before another band of dark clouds arrived.

Burg said the forecast for the Olympia area should follow a similar pattern the rest of the week.

“There’s a chance of rain or showers each day except for Thursday,” he said, with Thursday being dry and mostly sunny.

But that won’t last long: Friday through next weekend will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, Burg said.

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

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