Updated: Sunday, 6:20 p.m.
Seattle Sogfest, episode 182! It was another deluge of a day in the City By The Sound, with light-but-constant (what NASA recently called our "drenching drizzle") rainfall in Western Washington as a big March frontal system slogged on by. Highs struggled to hit the upper 40s, which kept the snow level around pass level. Our average highs are in the middle 50s this time of year, so we continue to run not only damp, but cool.
Back to the damp part: for the rain year (which begins October 1st), we are already over a foot ahead of what we should normally have in the gauge. The normal rain between the first of October and today is just over 27", but we've had nearly 40" already within that time-frame. Not only are we ahead of that mark, but we have already had more rain in the past 6 months than we normally have all year. Wowza. No drought in sight, that's for sure.
But some sunshine finally is, and I think that most of us will be pretty grateful to see it. The rarely seen golden orb will peek out from the overcast occasionally on Monday in the form of sunbreaks alternating with spring showers. Some of the showers will still be locally heavy, and there's even an outside chance for a stray thundershower, but that would be the exception rather than the rule. Highs will again hover near 50 degrees.
The last storm of March is due in Tuesday afternoon, so look for increasing clouds and rain later that day. The backside of this disturbance hangs around on Wednesday with heavier rain and some gusty winds to boot.
We're finally in recover mode on Thursday with just a few leftover showers, and after a month's worth of lion, we finally see March go out like a sweet little lamb on Friday. At this point, skies look partly to mostly sunny, and highs will climb back into the upper 50s for the final day of the month.
April 1st is still showcasing a dry start, and we may even make it to 60 degrees for the first time this year before the rain picks up again Saturday night.
Have a great week, as stay dry!
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team
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