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Oklahoma City is all wet, literally

Oklahoma City is all wet, literally
You may have heard this before, but did you know Seattle is nowhere near the top when it comes to wettest cities in the U.S. by annual rainfall?

With our 37" of rain a year, we fall way behind cities with sunnier reputations such as Miami, Houston, and New York.

Why? Our rain comes in little drips and dribbles -- it can rain all day here and we'll get maybe 0.10" of rain.

In the Midwest and east coast, it can rain buckets in just a few minutes.

The poster child for that today is Oklahoma City.  They had a massive rain squall move through on Monday and take a look at these numbers: For the period between 1:22 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., they received 4.55" of rain. Just in the two-hour period between 4:52 a.m. and 6:52 a.m., they received 2.83" of rain.

Let's compare that to back home here in Seattle.  It took us the entire period between May 21 and today, August 12th, to accumulate that much rain. Or, in other words, Oklahoma City got as much rain in two hours as we did in 1,968 hours.  So just who is Rain City again?

OK, I have to admit, the jokes write themselves with this blog story. "If Oklahoma City is going to steal the Sonics, they have to take the rain with it" or "Oklahoma City Thunder? How about Oklahoma City Deluge?"

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