March rain of 9.44 inches – and counting – breaks mark

rob.carson@thenewstribune.comMarch 31, 2014 

In like a lion, out like a lamb?

Not this year.

March 2014 came in like a duck and stayed like a duck.

The National Weather Service says rainfall this month in the Seattle/Tacoma area broke all previous records for March, going all the way back to 1894, when official record-keeping started.

As of Sunday, cumulative rainfall for the month at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was 9.44 inches. The old record was 8.4 inches, set at Sea-Tac in 1950.

March wasn’t quite as wet in Tacoma as it was at Sea-Tac, but it still broke the local record. By Friday, with three days left in the month, rainfall in Tacoma topped 7.9 inches, breaking the previous record of 7.85 inches set in 1997.

“It’s been a wet month, there’s no question about it,” said NWS meteorologist Johnny Berg, “and if you start counting from January 1, it’s been a wet year.

Since the beginning of the year Sea-Tac had 19.25 inches of rain. That’s 6.57 inches more than the normal rainfall of 12.68 inches.

Even so, we’re behind for what climatologists call the “water year,” which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Since Oct. 1, Sea-Tac had 26.24 inches of precipitation. That’s 1.84 inches below the normal reading of 28.08.

We may yet catch up. Weather forecasters say showers are likely toward the end of the week.

Rob Carson: 253-597-8693

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