Seattle Dry Spell Finally Coming to an End

When you think of Seattle, WA, you often think of cloudy skies and rainy weather.  (This actually isn’t all that true for downtown Seattle, but it’s accurate for a lot of areas in the surrounding metropolitan area.)  Well, the past couple months have been anything but wet and dreary.  On Monday, Seattle set a record for least precipitation in an 80-day stretch with only 0.07 inches of water piling up in rain gauges since July 20th.  By the end of today, the record will likely be broken again as the new 80-day stretch (from July 22) will be only 0.03 inches of rain.

Thankfully, there is hope on the horizon.  Beginning Friday, low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska should begin sending waves of precipitation toward the Pacific Northwest that should last through the weekend and into the beginning of next week.  The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) predicts most of western Washington to receive at least 1.5 inches of rain by Monday morning:

HPC predicted precipitation totals through Monday morning (10/15).

This should put things back to normal in the Seattle area.  Of course, I suppose there are some residents that didn’t mind the long stretch of dry weather compared to the normal climate.

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