Tri-City summer warmest, driest on record

This summer was the warmest and driest on record for the Tri-Cities, according to the National Weather Service.

The average temperature of 78.4 degrees, recorded in Kennewick for the past three months, beat the previous high record of 77.5 set in 1922.

There was no precipitation measured in Kennewick during the summer, beating the previous record for a dry summer set in 1949, when 0.01 inch of rain was recorded.

The weather service has more than a century of weather records for Kennewick.

The dry spell was broken Friday night, when 0.14 inch of rain was recorded in Kennewick through early Saturday morning. In Pasco, 0.08 inch was recorded, according to the weather service.

Two daily temperature records were set in August at Hanford, where daily temperature records have been kept for more than 70 years.

On Aug. 2, the high was 107, beating the previous high of 106 set in 1994, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station.

On Aug. 3, the low was 76, the warmest on record. The previous record was 75 set in 1999.

Expect temperatures this month in the Tri-Cities to be near or slightly warmer than normal for September, according to the weather service.

Precipitation should be near or below the normal of 0.3 inch for the Tri-Cities.

Temperatures in the Tri-Cities in August averaged 2.2 degrees above normal. The peak wind gust, as measured in Kennewick, was 53 mph on Aug. 14.