Friday, May 10, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — The second-driest start to May on record in Seattle will end in time for rain on Mother’s Day, the National Weather Service said.
Saturday will likely be the final dry day in a stretch that began April 30, said meteorologist Dana Felton. “We’ve got a system coming in. We might squeeze out one more dry day tomorrow,” he said today.
Eleven dry days at the beginning of May would be the second-longest period since 1946 when it didn’t rain until May 24. In 1958, May had a dry start with nine days without rain.
The rain late Saturday will not will dampen the dust and drop the high temperatures in Western Washington back to the more-normal 60s by next week, with showers.
The front will lower Eastern Washington’s 90s, but the high temperatures are expected to remain in the 80s east of the Cascades, even with some clouds. “They could see showers and thunderstorms but not the steady rain like we get over here on the west side,” Felton said.
Many rivers in Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle are running high because of melting snow. Minor flooding is expected on the Okanogan, Kettle and Stehekin rivers. Others nearing flood stage are the Entiat, Kootenai, Methow, Moyie and Similkameen.