Rain here, fall starts Friday

KIRO 7 City Cam Photo

The driest summer Seattle has had on record so far, is quickly changing.

Fall will arrive Friday and temperatures are already dipping.

On Monday morning, Seattle started with a low of 56 and it is only expected to reach a high of 60 degrees with showers and some thunderstorms in the region.

Snow started falling around 5,000 feet in the mountains and a few inches expected at Mount Rainier.

KIRO 7 PinPoint meteorologist Nick Allard said, "We will absolutely get more heavy rain this fall, no question about it."

This week Nick's PinPoint forecast showed rain from Tuesday to Thursday expected and clouds on the first day of Fall.



Sunday reached a high of 64 degrees with .15 inches of rain.

Approaching last weekend, rainfall totals were only .02 inches for the entire summer.

This summer we got to enjoy significantly hot weather with temps close to 100 on some days.

The second driest summer was set back in 1910 with .58 inches of rain.

The dry, 2017 summer in Washington and the Northwest also came with wildfires.

During the month of June, there were two raging wildfires in the hills Southeast of Wenatchee. Thousands of acres were burned, fire officials said they were likely started by lightning strikes.

People in the area were put under an alert and to be ready to evacuate at moment’s notice.

At the beginning of September, Gov. Jay Inslee also declared a state of emergency for all counties in the state of Washington due to wildfire dangers.

The Jolly Mountain Fire that is burning near Cle Elum has burned thousands of acres.

Ash brought by the wind even stifled the air quality in Western Washington and many cars were covered from it.

There is also the Norse Peak fire, which is burning north of State Route 410 and it still has yet to be completely contained.

Wildfires erupted in British Columbia bringing haze and plenty of smoke to our area in August.

There were times when the Seattle skyline could not be clearly seen due to the wind that brought smoke to the area causing poor air quality.

As we approach fall, the wildfire season will eventually die as we will be out of the fire season because of the moisture and wet weather.

Meteorologist Nick Allard said the fall and winter are projected to be cooler and wetter than normal.

He also said last year we had so much rain that mud and landslides were a huge problem bringing about other issues. “However, we have to wait and see because there are too many variables to predict that this far out,” Allard said.



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