Tag: Seattle Rain Total 2012
2012 was significantly wetter than normal, with 48.26 inches recorded in the gauge at Sea-Tac Airport—nearly 11 inches above Seattle’s 37.49-inch average. This made for the city’s soggiest year since 2006—and the seventh-wettest year on record at Sea-Tac. However, as damp as it was during the beginning and end, 2012 also featured a near record-breaking dry stretch in the tail end of summer, when no measurable rain fell at the airport for 48 straight days.
Note: Data from measurements taken at Sea-Tac Airport.
Turns out Mother Nature is taking some time off for the holidays after all.
In fact, her vacation from Seattle gets underway today.
No wet weather is anticipated in Western Washington for the next several days, as an upper level ridge to our west rips apart incoming systems, sending their rainy remnants well south into California. This leaves us in a dry and cool wintertime pattern, with foggy mornings and crisp, partly sunny afternoons the rule of thumb through at least Wednesday.
Our seemingly never-ending rainy stretch is almost over.
Dry skies are expected in Seattle on Sunday, giving us our first moisture-free day since Dec. 8—some three-odd weeks ago.
Ever since then, it’s been an onslaught of clouds and rain throughout Puget Sound, with measurable precipitation landing in the bucket at Sea-Tac Airport on a daily basis. The constant wetness has raised December’s rain tally to 6.79 inches—nearly an inch and a half more than normal—and bumped our year-to-date precipitation 10-plus inches above the typical 37.49 we receive in an average year. (Through today, Sea-Tac has recorded 48.20 inches of precipitation—our highest total since 2006.)
Just another measly .14 inches, and this year will be Seattle’s wettest since 2006.
A slow-moving cold front stalled over Puget Sound this morning, dousing Seattle with another half-inch of rain before finally heading into the mountains. The soggy weather boosted the year-to-date precipitation total at the airport to 46.86 inches—nearly equal to the 46.99 inches that soaked the city in 2010. With more rain in the forecast, not to mention 10 days left in the year, we’ll top 2010′s mark shortly, making this year the dampest of the past six.
Four days into the month, and we’ve already measured more rain than we saw in the first 27 days of last December.
Unlike moisture-starved December 2011, which went into the books as Seattle’s fourth-driest on record, this December has started out on an especially damp note. Since Saturday, 1.87 inches of rain has fallen at Sea-Tac Airport—more than an inch above the norm for the first four days of the month. (Total 2012 precipitation now stands at 43.28 inches.) The month’s wet beginnings couldn’t be any more opposite from last December, when just .01 inches fell in the first ten days—and barely a quarter-inch through Christmas.
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Talk about going out with a bang.
Heavy rain moved through Seattle in the waning hours of November, dousing the city with 1.40 inches of precipitation on Friday—an amount surpassed this year only by the 2.13 inches of rain that fell on Nov. 19. The somewhat unexpected downpours (forecast models had been calling for only half an inch of rain) boosted Seattle’s final November rainfall total to 8.28 inches—giving us our wettest month in almost two years.
In addition, prior to the cold front’s arrival Friday afternoon, blustery winds out of the south kicked the mercury at Sea-Tac up to 59 degrees—a new record high for the date. (The previous mark was 57, set on Nov. 30, 1951.)
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