Finally dry! Record rainy streak is over

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Screen capture from our Capitol Hill camera shows some cloudy skies and peeks of sun this morning.

SEATTLE — With just a trace of overnight sprinkles reported at Boeing Field overnight, one of the longest streaks of wet weather ever for March is finally over for the Emerald City. Our last fully dry day in Seattle (as reported at Sea-Tac Int’l Airport) was February 25th. That’s 18 consecutive soggy days for Seattle with measurable precipitation of .01″ or more.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Dana Felton says “this streak is tied for the longest streak that extended into March. The other 18 day streak that ended in March was from February 15th to March 4th in 1999.” Felton goes on to say that the longest dry streak within March itself was 17 days from the 5th to the 21st back in 1989.

We’ve seen quite the wet month of March with all that daily rain. In the first two weeks of this month, we’ve already had 4.47″ of rain. A normal rainfall for the whole month of March is 3.72″ of precipitation. This streak of rainy weather also ranks in the top ten wettest rain streaks in Seattle weather history. But, while it’s been pretty soggy, it doesn’t hold an umbrella to the wettest streak ever for Seattle. That happened in 1953, when Seattle saw 33 rainy days in a row.

If you’re a fan of the rain, don’t worry. Some showers are back in the forecast by the end of this coming weekend.

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