Tag: Pacific Northwest Rainfall
The deck was already stacked against us to begin with.
Heading into the holiday respite, Seattle’s numbers weren’t pretty: 10 Memorial Day weekends since 2000 had featured rain on at least one of the days from Friday to Monday.
Make that 11.
What goes up must come down.
Two weeks after skyrocketing to a chart-topping 87, the mercury plunged in the opposite direction yesterday, peaking at just 52 degrees—the coldest high temperature ever observed in Seattle on May 22.
Previously, the record for the day belonged to 1984, when a soaking 0.67 inches of rain held the high to 54—but we slipped a few degrees lower Wednesday, thanks to a cold upper level low and some damp skies of our own. In fact, Seattle logged slightly over half an inch of rain yesterday, with the bulk falling during the morning—allowing us to keep a lid on temperatures for a good chunk of the day.
You’d think, being a mom and all, that Mother Nature would have arranged for our sunny spell to extend through Sunday.
Unfortunately, with rain returning this weekend, a dry Mother’s Day isn’t in the cards.
Guess she figures Seattle moms have been spoiled enough recently?
Undeniably, it’s been a fantastic start to May across the region, with nary a raindrop recorded in the gauge at Sea-Tac Airport through the first eight—soon to be nine—days of the month. In addition, temperatures have surged above normal every day since May began, with even the foggiest of mornings—ahem, today—seeing ample sunshine by the afternoon. Boosted by Monday’s record-setting high of 87, the month is currently running close to 8 degrees above average—more on par with summer than spring.
We’re overdue, and then some.
Seattle hasn’t reached into the 60s since April 3, instead spending most of the month shivering under overcast skies and unrelenting rain. Fortunately, a change for the better is in the works, with sunshine and much warmer temperatures just around the bend.
Up the charts we go.
It’s now the second-wettest April on record in Seattle, thanks to a stubborn storm system that has dropped nearly an inch of rain on the city since yesterday afternoon. As of 2 p.m. today, the official weather-reporting site at Sea-Tac Airport had received 5.45 inches for the month—edging this April past 1996 for the number two spot on the list of Seattle’s soggiest Aprils. Since weather records began at the airport in 1945, only 1991 has witnessed a wetter April, with 6.53 inches falling that month.
We’ve already earned a share of the bronze, and by Friday, we could be gunning for silver.
In the wake of a spectacular hailstorm that blasted through Seattle yesterday afternoon, overnight rains pushed this month’s precipitation total to 4.54 inches, making April 2013 the third-wettest April (tied with 1993) on record at Sea-Tac Airport. The stormy weather, which dropped nearly an inch of rain on the city from Friday through this morning, has since moved on—but with another rainmaker on the horizon, we could threaten April 1996 for the number two spot later this week.