Washington has second-wettest meteorological spring on record

FILE - In This Jan. 18, 2017 file photo pedestrians under umbrellas pass a vintage umbrella shop in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

The very rainy spring we've had up until lately, wasn't just a Seattle thing, but a statewide event (and, actually spread across the Pacific Northwest.)

New data from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information shows that Washington had its 2nd-wettest "meteorological spring" (March 1-May 31) on record, stretching back 123 years.

The average statewide rainfall for the three-month period was 15.99". The record was 16.57" in 2011. The average is 9.23 inches.

But if you look closely, we weren't alone. Oregon and Idaho also were pretty high up there. In fact, if you combine regions, the Pacific Northwest was 2nd-wettest as well:

Overall as a nation, the average rainfall was 3.31 inches -- 0.40" above average and tied 2009 with 25th on record.

As far as temperatures go, Washington ended up just about spot-on normal -- 48th coolest out of 132 years and a departure of just 0.7 degrees below normal.

Although if you go back to the beginning of the year, Washington has the distinction of being the only state in the Lower 48 to have below normal temperatures -- an oasis in what was a mild winter/spring elsewhere!

Long range climate forecasts still indicate we're due for a turn-around, with warmer-than-normal conditions still expected for July and the upcoming summer.

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