Tag: Seattle Rain September 2012

Recent Months Among Seattle’s Driest

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 30, 2012 9:43 pm by 0 Comments
Recent Months Among Seattle’s Driest

We’re second only to the Summer of Love.

Not since the days of Haight-Ashbury and psychedelic rock has Seattle been this dry from July to September. With a paltry .03 inches of precipitation in the last 30 days, our three-month rainfall total now stands at 1.07 inches—the second-driest July 1-Sept. 30 period on record. Only the infamous summer of 1967 had less rain, with just 0.97 inches falling at Sea-Tac from July through September.

Of course, 1967 went on to record over an inch of rain in the first three days of October alone. 45 years later, we’ll be lucky to even manage a sprinkle or two. (We’ve barely seen more than that these past two months, with Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2012 now officially Seattle’s driest combined August/September.)
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Lots of Sun, Little Rain

Filed in Sun Posted on September 23, 2012 7:38 pm by 0 Comments
Lots of Sun, Little Rain

The rain gauge at Sea-Tac must be getting pretty bored.

In the past two months, the airport has measured just .03 inches, all of it falling in the last two weeks. What’s more, on the three occasions that measurable rainfall has made its way into the gauge, the amount has been the exact same—.01 inches.

You’ve really got to pity that poor gauge—even when it’s managed to rain, variety has been non-existent.
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Driest September Out of Reach

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 16, 2012 8:31 pm by 2 Comments
Driest September Out of Reach

Whether or not it rains again this month is anyone’s guess.

One thing’s for certain, however—September won’t end as Seattle’s driest.

Our chances for the driest September on record actually went out the window a week ago, when that streak-busting .01 inches of rain landed in the gauge at Sea-Tac. That’s because the most parched Septembers in Seattle—1991 and 1975—picked up only a trace of rain from start to finish. (Sound familiar, August 2012?)
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The Rain Retreats, Again

Filed in Warm Weather Posted on September 12, 2012 2:38 pm by 0 Comments
The Rain Retreats, Again

Let the dry weather begin anew.

After experiencing our first set of back-to-back days with measurable precipitation since early July, it didn’t rain in Seattle yesterday. Nor will it today, tomorrow or the day after. In fact, thanks to a ridge of high pressure entrenched along the West Coast, another string of rain-free days lies ahead.

Just don’t expect 48 in a row.
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Parched No More: Dry Streak Ends at 48 Days

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 10, 2012 6:54 am by 0 Comments
Parched No More: Dry Streak Ends at 48 Days

It wasn’t much, but it was enough.

.01 inches of rain fell at Sea-Tac Airport late Sunday night, ending Seattle’s streak of consecutive days without measurable precipitation at 48. The prolonged dry spell, which lasted from July 23 through Sept. 8, goes into the books tied with June 23-Aug. 10, 1922 as the second longest dry period recorded in Seattle.

The all-time record, of course, remains with 1951, which saw 51 days (July 7-Aug. 26) without measurable precipitation. For those seeking consolation in getting so close to breaking 1951’s mark, only to come up short at the finish line, it’s worth noting that a trace of precipitation was recorded only four times during our just-ended streak—whereas the 1951 streak had six.
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Demise of the Dry Spell

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 6, 2012 2:17 pm by 0 Comments
Demise of the Dry Spell

We haven’t seen rain in 46 days and a high below 70 in 38.

By Monday, we’ll have witnessed both.

That’s because the earlier-advertised weak cold front is still on track to blow through Seattle Sunday night into Monday, giving us our first measurable rainfall since July 22. Cooler air will also invade the region as clouds spread in ahead of the front, capping high temperatures in the mid-60s—Seattle’s coldest high since July 30.
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