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2012 was a really wet year for Western Washington

In case you haven't noticed: 2012 was a really wet year in Western Washington, especially this fall. (MyNorthwest.com/Alyssa Kleven)

In case you haven't noticed: 2012 was a really wet year in Western Washington, especially this fall.

KIRO-TV reports more than 48 inches of rain has been recorded this year at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. That's nearly 11 inches above normal.

This was the seventh wettest year on record since weather officials began keeping track at Sea-Tac in 1945.

Equally impressive was the historic dry stretch earlier this year: 48 consecutive days this past summer without measurable rainfall. So 2012 had the second longest dry streak, while being the seventh wettest year.

Heading into 2013, the start looks to be a dry one.

"After one of the most dismal periods of incessant clouds and rain in a long time, we are finally getting a break," writes University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Cliff Mass on his blog.

Check the current forecast

Mass says the coast may see some showers Monday, but for the most part Washington will be dry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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