As the rain keeps pouring down, Seattle sets rainfall record

Rain falls in Seattle on April 7, 2014. (Photo: Mike Mclaughlin)

February was among the wettest on record with 6.11" in Seattle. March did it one better and smashed the all-time rain record with a whopping 9.44 inches.

While April likely won't make those lofty heights (11th wettest on record), when combined with the soggy February and March, they make quite the rain trio.

It's now the wettest February-to-April on record in Seattle, with 19.33" as of Thursday and more is on the way. The old record was 18.97 inches set in 1972.

The relatively dry January will likely prevent us from setting the wettest four-month start to a year, currently at 23.03 inches -- 5th wettest, but well behind the all-time record of 26.21 inches set in 1972.

Also, Seattle is nearing another rather obscure but amazing rainfall statistic: Another 0.76 inches of rain and Seattle could then go bone dry the entire rest of the year -- we're taking zero rain not just in the summer but through October, November, and December; a 200+ day consecutive dry streak -- and it would not go down as the driest year on record. That was 23.78 inches in 1952.

Long range forecasts do keep showers at times through the end of the month, although none of the days look as wet as what we've gone through the last few days.


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