The complaints have become a crescendo. Our Gortex jackets are hopelessly saturated and basements are getting sodden. For many, it's just too much. After a relatively dry February, March has been very wet month, and record breaking in some locations.
Yesterday, a number of western Washington observing sites experienced record rainfall for the date. Here are some examples listed by the Seattle NWS office:
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.08 INCHES WAS SET AT SEATTLE-TACOMA WA AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.92 SET IN 2010.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.04 INCHES WAS SET AT SEATTLE WA WFO YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.66 SET IN 2010. A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.98 INCHES WAS SET AT OLYMPIA WA AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.38 SET IN 2010.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.8 INCHES WAS SET AT QUILLAYUTE WA AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.37 SET IN 2011.
So far this month Quillayute, on the Washington coast, has received 20 inches of rain (19.93 inches to be exact). Most western Washington locations have received roughly double their normal amounts for March.
Another way to look at the current situation is this map of the percentage of normal of precipitation over the past 30 days. Much of eastern Washington is amazing with totals of 200-300% of normal.
Well, what about the future? Well, if you want dry weather, don't read any further.
Here is the predicted precipitation over the next 72 h. Much of the coast will get 2-3 inches, with the Olympics and SW BC mountains getting 3-6 inches. Best bet for dry weather? Eastern Washington around the Columbia River in the vicinity of the Tri-Cities.
Later Monday and early Tuesday should be particularly wet as a well-defined atmospheric river of moisture from the subtropics heads right for us. Here is the water vapor integrated through the vertical column for late Monday morning---the river of moisture is heading straight for us!
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Finally, in many parts of the country folks love to tell jokes about why the chicken crossed the road.....
In our part of the country, because of our unique meteorological conditions, our humor is somewhat different, with the chicken replaced by something else: