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Olympia -- Western Washington's shower magnet

Olympia -- Western Washington's shower magnet
Photo of soggy driveway by KOMO Olympia Web Community Producer Chris West

It's been an off-and-on rainy 36 hours around Western Washington but mainly "on" for the Olympia area, which has been rather picked on with frequent showers.

I went back and checked and in the 36 hour period between 1 a.m. on Tuesday and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Olympia had rain falling for 1,357 minutes out of 2160 possible minutes.

Now, a nearly all-day steady rain event isn't unheard of around here, but this wasn't one big slow-moving front that created the rain.

No, it was just a bunch of individual showers that managed to find Olympia. In fact, they had no less that 17 separate showers move through -- as in, the rain stopped and started 17 different times over that period! Some were several minutes, some were just a few minutes:

Tuesday a.m.:
1:07- 5:05 
5:21- 6:24
6:47- 7:28
8:04 - 11:14

Tuesday p.m.:
12:08-12:36
1:43-2:22
3:10-3:29
4:47-7:21
7:48-11:20
11:42-12:34 (a.m.)

Wednesday a.m.:
1:23-1:54
2:01-5:03
5:36-8:51
9:08-9:39
10:17-10:31
11:40-12:01 (p.m.)
12:44 p.m - 1:07 p.m. (and still raining at this cut-off point)

To compare, Everett had 7 periods of rain (although one really long one) for 904 minutes, while Seattle had 12 showers (much shorter) for 886 minutes of rain.