Sequim: Schizophrenic weather challenges town"s reputation

JIM MANDERS

SEQUIM -- Someone better alert the weather police to be on duty during the rest of the 107th Irrigation Festival, lest Sequim's most famous law be ignored.

The city of Sequim may be the only place in the world with an ordinance prohibiting bad weather, but lately it doesn't seem like anyone's enforcing it.

On Monday, halfway through the two-week annual town festival, it snowed on Bell Hill overlooking Sequim. A chilly wind blew through town all day and into the evening, replicated across the North Olympic Peninsula.

May 6 looked more like March 6 -- or Feb. 6.

Sequim Municipal Ordinance 95-009, Section 2.1, "prohibits weather conditions that are detrimental to the enjoyment of activities within the city."

Sequim Police Chief Byron Nelson said he doesn't want any part of enforcing the good-weather ordinance.

"That's Bill Thomas' ordinance -- let him worry about it," Nelson said Monday afternoon of the brainchild of the city councilman and former mayor.

Monday's mixed bag of weather, which included snow, hail, sleet, rain, wind and sun, left Irrigation Festival president Pat McCauley with only one hope for the coming week.

"I'll be all right as long as it doesn't hail anymore," McCauley said Monday afternoon as the sun broke through the clouds causing steam to rise from streets as they dried out.

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