Peninsula: Rivers increase as rain finally comes

What a difference some rain makes.

North Olympic Peninsula rivers, which only a week ago were so low salmon habitat was threatened, are rising after the late arrival of autumn precipitation.

“It’s a weather pattern that’s going to continue until the middle of next week,” Dustin Guy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said Thursday of a rainy front that set in earlier this week.

In Forks, nearly two inches of rain has fallen this week, Weather Service statistics show.

On the drier side of the Peninsula, Port Angeles and Sequim have recorded .33 inches and .07 inches, respectively, the Weather Service reported Thursday afternoon.

On the West End, rainfall is returning to normal, Olympic National Park officials said, reporting 1.87 inches of precipitation between Sunday through Thursday at the Mora campground across the Quillayute River from LaPush.

Park officials also reported 1.32 inches at Hurricane Ridge; and 1.87 inches Tuesday and Wednesday only at the Hoh River ranger station.


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