Here are the top 3 weather events for Spokane in 2021

Between extreme drought, windstorms and record high temperatures, these events were among the major weather events in Spokane and the northwest interior.

SPOKANE, Washington – The Spokane area, eastern Washington and northern Idaho experienced some very memorable weather events last year. A year in which we have not only seen a year of extremes, but in which we have broken several all-time and long-standing records.

While summer is the dry season, 2021 has taken this to the extreme. The summer drought has reached the US Drought Monitor’s “exceptional category” for the first time in Washington’s history! From February 1 to September 9, Spokane has its driest stretch on record, with just 2.21 “of precipitation, more than 6 inches below normal on those dates.

The exceptional drought lasted from July 13 to the week of November 30. At the height of the drought in late August and early September, 38% of the state was classified as exceptional drought, including Spokane. As of January, the eastern half of Washington is still experiencing drought conditions, although this has improved since the summer.

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A strong cold front on January 13 produced winds between 50 and 70 mph in the northwest interior. Spokane recorded a wind gust of 71 mph, which is the second strongest gust on record at Spokane International Airport and matches the strongest wind speeds from the November 2015 windstorm.

At the height of the storm, more than 100,000 people were without power and 130 trees fell in city parks during the event. Comstock Park has been the hardest hit with dozens of trees uprooted.

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# 1 – All-time heat record

A “heat dome” over the Pacific Northwest has resulted in the hottest temperatures on record across the region. On June 29, at the height of the heatwave, Spokane hit 109 degrees, setting a new all-time record. This was just one of many towns that did the same, including 114 in Wenatchee, 116 in Ephrata, and 117 in Omak. To our west – it was 107 in Seattle and 116 in Portland.

Several reporting sites in southern Washington are still being verified whether they have matched or broken the state’s all-time record of 118 degrees, set in 1961.

RELATED: Spokane Hits 109 Degrees, Breaks All-Time All-Time High Temperature Record

The National Weather Service in Spokane has a great headline of all the major weather events that have been observed during the year. You can find that here.