Northwest rains to return by week's end


BELLINGHAM - Get ready for a break in the fabulous fall weather, as forecasters are predicting what looks like the start of the rainy season for Northwest Washington.

"This past week was kind of unusual," with foggy days, sunny afternoons - and nary a drop of rain, said meteorologist Johnny Burg with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Burg said Bellingham has been among the driest areas in the state this October, with only 1.75 inches of measurable precipitation in a month that sees 3.7 inches on average. A scant .05 inch of rain that drizzled down Sunday morning knocked Bellingham out of the "top 10 driest," areas in the state, he said.

Still, it's been one of the driest Octobers on record - a month that's usually so wet that it's when the National Weather Service starts its annual rainfall year.

From Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 26, there was no measurable precipitation, and there were 20 days in which the precipitation was 0.01 of an inch or less - a record second to a 26-day stretch in October 1987, he said.

But after three sunny days to start this week, the forecast calls for above normal rain and below normal temperatures for at least the next two weeks.

"Loosely translated, it looks to be cool and wet," Burg said. "We'll probably start getting into our wet weather pattern."

Even though fair skies and highs in the low 50s are forecast Monday, Oct. 28, coastal Western Washington will be under a wind advisory until 11 a.m. Burg said winds will be out of the northeast at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 45 mph. Winds will decrease by afternoon.

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