Yesterday, a number of locations, including the north Cascades, northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and southern BC have received some of the heaviest precipitation they have seen in a long while, with some places getting 2-5 inches over 24 h. Even Puget Sound folks got a respectable dampening. And a lot of the moisture came from an unaccustomed direction...from the east rather than off the Pacific.
Here are the 24-h totals ending 8 PM Thursday for western Washington. Some folks on the western slopes of the north Cascades got over 3 inches, and .5 to 1 inch totals were widespread. But only a few hundredths over the southern Sound.
A closer view is available from a Seattle Rainwatch graph for a similar period, which shows values of 2-4 inches over the western slopes.
For me, this rain is all good...my garden was dry and the rain will save me big bucks on my water bills. With a half-inch at least and no heat wave in sight, no watering will be necessary for dhttp://www.summer.washington.edu/summer/enroll/ays.
One final note, the models are in agreement that Saturday looks very nice....sun and low to mid 70s. So take advantage of it. Conditions will deteriorate later on Sunday, but we just may squeak by that day as well.
One final thing...today is the first day of astronomical summer. BUT NOT METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER. Everyone knows that starts on July 12th!
For those interested, my dept is giving a course on global warming this summer....starts on Tuesday:
TM S 111 Global Warming: Understanding the Issues (5)
a broad overview of the science of global warming. Discusses the
causes, evidence, future projections, societal and environmental
impacts, and potential solutions. Introduces the debate on global
warming with a focus on scientific issues.
Enrollment info here.