SEATTLE - It's raining again in Seattle - a little. Will it be a trace, or enough to measure? That's the question.
After a dry summer, gardeners around Western Washington were holding out hope last Friday night as a system ground its way up from the south with a spectacular lightning show. But at the official rain gauge at Sea-Tac Airport it amounted to less than a tenth of an inch. Bellevue received the most at .15 inches. But Tacoma Narrows, Bellingham, Friday Harbor, NAS Whidbey Island and Hoquiam, just a trace.
Let's face it - it's been spotty. And the season has also been running ahead of schedule. The summer of 2012 saw rain through July 22. This year the tap turned off on June 27. The entire month of July the official Sea-Tac rain gauge saw zero.
“What happens after we get that little shot of rain is everybody said, oh, it rained, my plants don't need water. It's just not true,” said Charlie Shull, Sky Nursery horticulturist.
Every week at Sky Nursery in Shoreline they have to order more hoses, more watering stuff.
“I never depend on rain to water,” said Shull.
What rain we do get usually just runs off - really dry dirt it won't absorb water.
Shull says gardeners may need to use a surfactant in order to get your yard to take water.
"It breaks the surface tension on that soil so that water can penetrate in," he said.
The summer as a whole is running about an inch behind last year at 1.47 inches as of Wednesday morning. There may be some more this week.
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