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Surprise, surprise, it rained on Nov. 19

Surprise, surprise, it rained on Nov. 19
Rain splatters on camera lens from Air 4 as if flies over Seattle on Nov. 19, 2009.
It rained on November 19th in Seattle. In other news, the sun rose in the east.

Planning an outdoor event in Seattle in November is always a risky adventure, but no day is worse than November 19th, which is statistically the wettest day of the year in Seattle.

Since 1893, it has rained on this date a whopping 87 times (counting today). The next wettest date not counting this year is a tie between Dec. 1 and Nov. 15, both at 80 (although it did rain on Nov. 15 this year too, we'll have to see If Dec. 1 can maintain the tie.)

Overall, that means that there is a 3 in 4 chance that it'll rain on Nov. 19th each year, although I guess we were due because it didn't rain on Nov. 19, 2008.

On the flip side, Aug. 1 and Jul. 30 are the driest days of the year, with rain only 9 times since 1893.

See the entire chart at our Weather FAQ