Guess what? Seattle's breaking another rainfall record
The gloomy weather stats have been plentiful this winter and early spring, but now with March coming to an end, we can add some more to the pile.
March is going to finish up with 7.31 inches of rain - the 4th wettest March on record in Seattle. It's coming off February being the second-wettest on record (8.85").
So what happens when you combine the 4th wettest March with the 2nd wettest February? You get another record! With 16.16 inches of rain, it's the wettest February-to-March period on record.
What about February to April? We're already in 4th place, tying April behind our back. The record is 19.73" set in 2014. Easy-peasy this spring, eh? Especially when you see this:
But it's not just the rain totals, it's the fact that the totals have been adding up nearly every day.
March had 25 days with measurable rain (just 2 off the record of 27) coming off the heels of February's impressive 22 days -- out of 28 possible, mind you. That's a rainy batting average of .797, meaning there's been measurable rain, on average, of 4 out of 5 days over the past two months. And that doesn't count the days a "trace" of rain fell where it rained but not enough to measure. That would eat away four more off the dry day tally.
(Sun fans look away before reading the next paragraph:)
And that blog I wrote a few weeks' back about only having 3 sunny, official mild days since October?
Still valid. March has had 26 out of 31 days considered cloudy and zero considered sunny (less than 30% cloud cover). Even when we've had our brief one day breaks, the sunshine has had to elbow its way around some clouds.
And as we've been tracking, we're going to make it through March with Seattle still yet to reach 60 degrees. That will officially make it to 7th longest wait for first 60 in Seattle history. (The longest wait is April 11th.)
Is there hope for sun fans?
For one, the official NOAA maps are leaning back to warmer than normal chances as we head into summer, although to significant dry spell. But also a little encouraging for sun fans is research from Utah State graduate student (and former KOMO Weather Intern) Jason Phelps. He has been studying a light wind in the higher reaches of the atmosphere that slowly oscillates over a period of 12-18 months and its possible effects on the West Coast weather. His past forecasts have been pretty spot on and he predicted in early February it'd be a very wet spring but a hot summer around the Northwest.
He's certainly got the first part right...
In the meantime, the rain down here means snow in the mountains, and that's been great news for skiers and our water situation going into summer, where snowpacks are running above normal: