By Ken Stern 

July totally dry


August 11, 2021

BEST RAINBOW EVER – An incredible rainbow graced La Conner Saturday evening, Aug. 7, for almost an hour from 7:50 p.m. From Third and Morris streets looking east, it seemed to start at the school campus and arched over town, seemingly ending at the Rainbow Bridge – of course. The colors were vibrant and distinct. Amazing. – Photo by Sarah Walls

The half-inch of rain Saturday, along with 0.23” Friday does not change the fact that Skagit County was declared in drought July 8 by the U.S. National Integrated Drought Information System. The rain is the first locally since June 16. No precipitation was measured at the Washington State University Memorial Highway weather station in July.

This is the third year since 2000 that it has not rained in July, joining 2001 and 2013. Eight years between 2010-2020 had 0.6” or less of rain. Less than 0.1” of rain fell six of those years. Less than 1” of rain has been recorded 15 years.


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