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Cool streak earns No. 3

Thu., June 24, 2010, midnight

Past 30 days also third-wettest on record for city

The last month of spring was the third-wettest and third-coldest on record in Spokane, but forecasters said more summerlike weather should prevail this weekend.

Participants in the city’s annual Hoopfest tournament should find things to their liking: not too cold, not too hot.

Highs in downtown Spokane, the site of the 3-on-3 basketball clash, are expected to reach 75 Saturday and 79 Sunday under sunny skies.

For most, that should come as a nice contrast to much of the previous month.

From May 23 through Monday, the city saw 4.24 inches of rain and an average temperature of 54.9 degrees, to rank third in both categories since records began in Spokane in 1881.

Elsewhere in the region, Ephrata in Grant County had its second-coldest and second-wettest 30-day period, ending Monday, with 2.66 inches of rain and an average temperature of 60.

Mullan Pass on the Idaho-Montana state line saw 8.12 inches of precipitation during the period and an average temperature of 42.3 degrees, making it the wettest and second-coldest since record-keeping began there in 1938.

The rainfall at Mullan Pass shows why rivers and creeks in the region are still running high for early summer.

“It has been one of the coldest late May and early June periods we have seen around here,” said Ron Miller, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Spokane.

Miller said there is a chance of rain today and possibly thunderstorms this evening, but improving weather is likely through Monday into Tuesday.

However, some computer forecast models show the possibility of another rainmaker arriving the middle of next week, although other models show a strong high pressure area forming over the western U.S. that could hold off the rain, he said.

“I can’t say we are totally out of the woods yet,” Miller said.

Forecasters point out that summer weather typically starts around July 4 in the Spokane region.


 

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