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It’s the beginning of the end.
Our nearly week-long stretch of pleasant weather, which saw high temperatures jump from the upper 50s to within a hair of 70—Sea-Tac hit 69 degrees yesterday—will slowly wind to a close tonight as cooler air begins trickling in. By mid-evening, a fresh slate of clouds from the Pacific will also overspread the region, stamping out the rest of our sunshine and setting us up for some overnight rain.
Since February, it’s rained on every weekend but one.
This Saturday and Sunday will make it two.
Dry weather, complete with plenty of sunshine, is in the works over the next several days, with high temperatures this weekend expected to rise well into the 60s. In fact, by Sunday we could be approaching 70 degrees, matching the warmth we saw on Monday.
What’s a little light rain after a month of endless downpours?
Showers are moving into the region this afternoon as a cold front stumbles ashore, moistening the skies over Seattle after a much-appreciated break from the rain. Unlike the deluges of March, however, this system won’t offer much in the way of precipitation, with amounts topping out at a quarter-inch or less the rest of today.
For a month bent on topping the charts, this March sure went the extra mile.
After clinching the record for Seattle’s all-time wettest March early Friday afternoon, another inch-plus fell through Saturday night, leaving us with a staggering 9.44 inches this month—leaps and bounds above the previous high-water mark of 8.40 from 1950. In the process, we also bagged our rainiest month in seven years (not since November 2006 has Seattle received a bigger soaking) and broke a daily rainfall record for the third time in the past three weeks.
Into the history books we go.
A strong cold front ripping through the region today has now dumped 0.44 inches in the rain gauge at Sea-Tac Airport—officially making this month the wettest March on record in Seattle, with 8.46 inches and counting.
The soggy month, which will also go down as our dampest since at least December 2010, leapfrogged into first place on the list of all-time wettest Marches, surpassing the previous mark of 8.40 inches from March 1950 while also bumping March 1997 (8.15 inches) down to third. Seattle weather records date back to 1891, when observations were first taken at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. Since 1945, Sea-Tac Airport has served as the official weather-reporting site for the city.