Wettest winter on record in the Pacific Northwest

- I’m sure we have all heard the horror stories of the long lasting dreary conditions for the Pacific Northwest.  And while they are often times embellished to sound like this part of the country never sees that orange ball in the sky, this year, it’s not far off.  The city of Seattle has now seen 100 days of rainfall since their water year began on October 1.  That’s over 3 months of measurable precipitation in just 5 months’ time.  On top of that, they just experienced their wettest winter on record.

The city of Seattle received around 2 feet of rain over the meteorological winter ranging from December through February.  More than 4 feet of liquid moisture fell in the Cascades.  While typically a very wet time of year for this part of the country, even this amount of moisture is unusual.  And Seattle wasn’t the only one… Portland also experienced their wettest winter months on record with even more rain than their neighbor to the north.

This moisture has effectively ended any and all drought for much of the Pacific Northwest while California and the interior west still need more.  And they may get it.  With a significant pattern changing coming this weekend and next week, heavy precipitation looks far more likely further south and inland.


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