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Seattle smashes record for all-time wettest March

Seattle smashes record for all-time wettest March
A soggy day at the Seattle's Space Needle. (Photo courtesy: Brendan Ramsey)

SEATTLE -- We all know it's been a soggy month of March. Now we have the trophy to prove it.

The rains Friday were enough to set the record for the all-time wettest March in Seattle history.

That's not just Sea-Tac Airport,which goes back to 1945, but also far and away surpasses anything the Downtown Federal Building measured in its years from 1891-1972.

Seattle finishes March at 9.44 inches of rain for the month, breaking the old Sea-Tac record of 8.40" in 1950, and shattering the Federal Building record of 7.23" of rain set that same year.

March now goes down as the wettest month since a record 15.63" fell in November 2006. It also means Seattle's wettest March is now rainier than its wettest February (9.11" in 1961)

Also on Seattle's record-breaking list -- the wettest February-March on record. That record used to be 14.85 inches set in 1950, but not any more. The new record set this year is now at 15.55 inches.

The long range forecasts for next week do hint at a couple of dry days, but no prolonged dry period is foreseen yet.