Rain a boon in Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon; Baker City gets 1.6 inches

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SPOKANE — The rain that fell across Washington on the last day of spring was especially welcome in Eastern Washington, as rainfall in the Inland Northwest has been below normal.

An assistant professor at the University of Idaho, John Abatzoglou, told The Spokesman-Review the showers came in the “nick of time” to nourish grain crops and dampen potential wildfires.

The National Weather Service says rainfall totals for Wednesday and Thursday were 1.25 inches at Spokane International Airport, .80 at Pullman, .48 at Moses Lake, 1.22 at Colville and .28 at Wenatchee.

Forecasters say the showers are decreasing Friday and warmer, drier weather is expected over the weekend.

Meanwhile, in Baker City, Ore., it was a really wet Wednesday. The Baker City Herald reported that almost 1.6 inches of rain fell at the local airport, making it the wettest day since Aug. 31, 1984, and fifth-wettest day on record.

Though the rain was a welcome sight for the drought-plagued region, it caused water damage at the 10-story Baker Tower.

Gina Perkins, who works on the fifth floor, says the cause appeared to be a clogged drain on the roof.

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