Record-breaking 10 inches of rain recorded in Seattle
Seattle ended October with a whopping 10.05 inches of total rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.
That shatters the old record of 8.96 inches set in 2003.
The normal rainfall for October is 3.48 inches.
There were 25 days with measurable rain in October. That includes four days with at least 1 inch of rain. In the 1,510 months of weather record in Seattle, October is the 13th wettest, according to the Weather Service.
Seattle wasn’t the only city to break the record. Olympia and Hoquiam reportedly broke the record as well.
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 29, 2016
If October is any hint toward how the rest of fall and winter will go, we could be heading into another wet season — especially with La Nina’s arrival. It could also mean the Seattle region will see a lot more sewage overflows.
“We are expecting above-normal precipitation this winter the way things are working out,” said Dustin Guy with the National Weather Service. “After the winter we had last winter, which was the wettest winter on record, it will take some impressive totals over the next six months to beat what we saw last winter.”
The Weather Service says there’s a 33-40 percent probability that Washington will be wetter than normal this winter. A map published by the Weather Service shows the increased probability of precipitation for several northern states. Oregon has equal chances of being drier or wetter. Montana has an approximate 50 percent chance of being wetter. Washington falls somewhere in between.
There is about a 50/50 chance that Washington will be cooler than normal, according to the Weather Service.
Ted Buehner, with the Weather Service, says the coming season will hold “active, hazardous weather.” That means snow, rain, wind, flooding and landslides.