Well, worry no longer. In two weeks we have made up virtually the entire deficit and are now being hit by a modest atmospheric river.
First, take a look at a plot of the actual (red) and normal (blue) precipitation for the past 12 weeks at Sea-Tac Airport and Pasco. On October 15th, both locations (and essentially the whole region) was way dry, but during the last 1.5 weeks the skies have opened, with nearly 5 inches at Sea Tac and 1 inch over the desert of Pasco.
Want to see something neat that we could never view before a year ago?
Here is the one-hour rainfall ending 5:02 PM from the Langley Hill coastal radar. You can see the profound enhancement by the Olympics, with light rain offshore (few hundredths of an inch) to roughly .6 inches in an hour over the mountain slopes.
And would you like to see the most classic Olympic Mountain rainshadow you will ever see? Then examine this recent radar image from the Camano Island radar. Pouring all over the region, BUT NO RAIN from Sequim to northern Whidbey Island. Nothing. You can see why a lot of folks retire in Sequim and Port Townsend.
I have a lot to say regarding the post-mortem for Sandy, but I think my profession did a very good job in this case (so we don't have to worry about being arrested in Italy hopefully!). .
But we can do even better. USATODAY had a good editorial on the subject (found here).
|In Italy, they convict forecasters that get the forecast wrong|