By Ken Stern 

June another dry month


June was another dry month in an increasingly dry year, with a total of 0.7 inches of rain.

The half inch of rain June 9-10 was two-thirds of the month’s total. The other 0.24 inches of rain came June 18-20.

Rainfall has been below average every month in 2023. Precipitation measured at Washington State University’s Memorial Highway Mount Vernon station is 9.3 inches for the year. That is 7.1 inches, 43.4%, below the January-June century average of 16.4 inches.

This was the fourth driest June this century and one of seven times less than an inch of rain has fallen. Four of those years h...

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