Friday’s rain sets Bellingham record, but burn bans remain

The rain that fell Friday, July 24, may not have been much, but it was more than had fallen all month.

The 0.36 inch of rain even broke a record for July 24 rainfall in Bellingham, beating the previous mark of 0.31 in 2014.

July’s total rainfall so far has been 0.67 inch, below the normal of 1.18 inches. Last month the rain gauge at Bellingham International Airport recorded only 0.26 inch, well below the normal June total of 1.86 inches.

The wildfire danger in Whatcom County, according to the state Department of Natural Resources, has dropped to high, from the very high/extreme level it had been since before Independence Day.

Still, the rain has not been enough to lift the burn bans and restrictions in place in the county and on state and federal lands.

While the weekend was relatively cool, temperatures will heat up during the week, with highs in the upper 70s by mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. No more rain is in the forecast through the weekend.