By Ken Stern 

Not much May rain


BLUE, BLUE, BLUE SKIES, MOUNTAINS, WATER – The weather was picture perfect last Wednesday when this photo of Mt. Baker, the Cascades, Skagit Flats, La Conner and Swinomish Channel were all in view from Rainbow Bridge, and everywhere else. The skies may be blue today, or some day this week. A plea for more rain, page 2. – Photo by Ken Stern

The rain this weekend, 0.22”, was a tease and cannot make up for the paltry 0.87” of rain in May. Last month matched May 2019’s total. This is the fourth year since 2015 that less than 1” of rain fell. The 0.35” in 2018 made that May the century’s driest.

The 0.33” of rain May 6-7 was matched May 23-24. The two rain events were 76% of the month’s precipitation. In the 16 days between, it only rained three times, all below 0.05”. The last week brought 0.12” May 27-28.

May was a dry month in a dry year, with 12.45” of precipitation through five months. The century aver...

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