We can now measure our monthly rainfall in feet

We can now measure our monthly rainfall in feet
SEATTLE - It's rained so much around here, we can now start measuring it in feet.

With the latest in a series of storms this month Sunday pushing through, Seattle now has over 12 inches of rain for the month -- 12.09" to be exact as of 4 p.m. That now makes it the second wettest month ever. The only other time Seattle's had more than a foot of rain was in 1953, when January totaled 12.92".

But it wasn’t just a rainy day. There were some pretty strong winds again up north and along the coast. Gusts were as highs as 60 mph in Sekiu, and near 50 mph in many other places, including Bellingham (51 mph), Forks (49 mph) and Friday Harbor (48 mph).

The rest of the week features generally more of the same at times, as a large area of low pressure remains parked in the Gulf of Alaska keeping the storm track zeroed in on western Washington and steering pretty much every weather system in the eastern Pacific our way -- although none look particularly strong. There also looks to be some decent periods in between where it'll just be scattered showers and sunbreaks.

Right now, the best bets for light, steady rain are Monday evening into Tuesday, Wednesday morning (pretty weak one), then Friday, late Saturday into Sunday (at this point, the strongest one of the lot), and a week from Monday. In between, including Thanksgiving Day, we'll just see cool scattered showers. Highs will generally be in the mid-upper 40s.

If you're planning on going somewhere for Thanksgiving, travel around western Washington looks fine, but driving across the mountains might present a little bit of a challenge. Snow levels will be down around 2,000-3,000 feet for Tuesday through the weekend, with occasional snow at times. So keep an eye to the mountain pass forecasts (see the link at the bottom of this page).

On the other hand, all of Thanksgiving weekend is looking flat out spectacular for skiing with plenty of fresh snow and near perfect conditions (well, aside from lack of sunshine).