July 13, 2011 in Idaho

Rain showers bring good dousing to region

By The Spokesman-Review
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An unusual July rainbow appeared at dusk as rain showers arrived over the Spokane region on Tuesday night.
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Up to a half inch of rain or more fell across the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas since Tuesday evening, and forecasters said more is on the way today.

A low pressure area along the Olympic Peninsula of Washington this morning is pumping a stream of moist air northward from the southwest.

It is colliding with cooler ocean air being circulated within the low itself and creating the lift needed for a steady parade of showers.

The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 74 in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene today and a continuing threat of thunderstorms.

Overnight, thunderstorms were numerous in the Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho area.

Weather reporting sites showed that about 0.44 inches of rain fell at Spokane International Airport and 0.52 inches at Felts Field as of this afternoon.

Elsewhere, 0.57 inches fell near Deer Park, 0.66 inches at Cheney and 0.40 inches at Fairchild Air Force Base.

The record rainfall for today in Spokane is 0.96 inches.

At Coeur d’Alene, a measuring site near the downtown area had 0.33 inches of rainfall earlier this morning.

The rain is enough to help green up drying lawns and landscapes and allow property owners to skip a round of lawn watering this week, thus saving money and conserving water.

The wet conditions will ease tonight as the current band of rain moves to the east and northeast. However, a 20 percent chance of showers persists through tonight.

Thursday and Friday should be mostly sunny and mild with a high near 74 or 75 in Spokane.

The weekend will bring continued unsettled weather for July with highs in the low to middle 80s and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Some clouds are likely, too.

Monday could be the warmest day of the period at 87, but forecasters said a persistent low off the Pacific Northwest coast will prevent any big outbreak of summer heat for the time being.

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