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November, December, January put to shame by recent rains

November, December, January put to shame by recent rains
Image courtesy: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

When it comes to stormy weather, November, December and January annually duke it out for meteorological supremacy in the Puget Sound region.

But not lately. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

It was bad enough when September claimed the top spot for rainiest month in 2013, it was worse when the three big cheeses couldn't even claim second place (that went to April).

But like a 12 game losing streak where you get outscored 98-3, now those three stormy months are just getting embarrassed by any month that happens to come along.

Fresh off February's "in-your-face, December" 6.11 inches of rain, we now have March come along and nearly match that total -- with 21 days tied behind its back!

Including Monday's rain -- that would be March 10th -- the monthly tally was at 5.98 inches of rain... obliterating November's rainfall, December's rainfall, January's rainfall -- even last October's -- and the St. Patrick's Day decorations still probably aren't all up yet. That's like being up 36-0 near the end of the 3rd quarter in a big game or something.

March 5th alone had 1.84" of rain in Seattle, more than all of December combined.

A foot of rain!

All together, since Feb. 8, Seattle has amassed over a foot of rain -- 12.01 inches.

Amount of rain from October 1 though January 31? 10.69 inches. (Normal? 20.96")

Here is the sad tally of monthly rainfall events since September:

1) September 2013: 6.17"
2) February 2014: 6.11"
3) March 2014 (thru 10th): 5.98"
4) November 2013: 3.79"
5) January 2014: 3.70"
6) December 2014: 1.66"
7) October 2014: 1.54"

According to climate researcher Jason Phelps, this is the wettest Feb-March Seattle has had in 42 years, and the 5th wettest on record:

1) 1972 14.85"
2) 1950 14.14"
3) 1961: 13.57"
4) 1951: 12.52"
5) 2014: 12.09"* (through March 10)

Now Jason's research also found something fairly interesting with these statistics. Six of the last eight instances where we had a very strong El Nino event over a fall/winter were preceded the spring before by a very wet Feb-March stretch.

Lo and behold, as we mentioned earlier this week, NOAA Climate forecasters are indicating the potential for an El Nino to form for next winter. While NOAA at this point is suggesting a weak to moderate event, Phelps tells me he thinks it will indeed be a fairly strong event. We'll see if the numbers pan out.

That is, as soon as the raindrops evaporate off our glasses!