Spokane hadn’t seen rain for about a month when it finally rained Thursday, said meteorologist for the National Weather Service Laurie Nisbet.
But Thursday’s showers only brought about 0.02 of an inch of rain, probably not enough to dent any local wildfires, Nisbet said. Firefighters look for a wetting rain at about 0.10 of an inch to make an impact on blazes.
The last reported rain was only a trace on July 7, which “doesn’t really count,” Nesbit said. July 1 saw about .05 of an inch.
After last week’s near-record temperatures, with one day reaching 102 degrees, a cold front will bring cooler temperatures this week, with expected highs in the 70s and 80s until Monday, which is expected to hit about 90 degrees.
With what the National Weather Service website calls a “vigorous” cold front, comes gusty winds, which worried Spokane Fire District 3 Chief Cody Rohrbach on Wednesday, as he looked ahead into the week.
Nisbet said more humidity should keep wildfire risk lower than it has been. .
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