A big, juicy air mass stretching to Hawaii has Seattle in for a soaking.
Seattle has seen more than three times the normal amount of rain for February — and the month is only half over.
A big, juicy air mass stretching to Hawaii has Seattle in for a soaking, with more rain on the way.
Normal rainfall through Tuesday would be 1.82 inches, but Seattle has soaked up 5.71 inches through Tuesday, with even more rain pouring down overnight and Wednesday, said Dustin Guy, of the National Weather Service in Seattle.
This month will easily land in the top 10 wettest months of February on record, Guy said. “But it’s a little too early to say it’s the wettest ever.”
The wettest February on record was in 1961, when 9.1 inches of rain were recorded in Seattle.
A flood watch is on for most of the Olympic Peninsula and Whatcom County. The Skokomish River has hit flood stage.
The weather service also issued a special weather statement, warning that the heavy rainfall through Thursday will lead to an increased threat of landslides in Western Washington. The Seattle Fire Department responded Wednesday morning to a mudslide in Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood.
Meanwhile, raw sewage is being dumped into the Puget Sound from the damaged West Point Treatment Plant as it can’t keep up with storm and waste water.
Wet as it is in Seattle, the weather is even wetter on the Olympic Peninsula, where 6-7 inches of rain are predicted.
Snow levels have crept up to 7,000 feet, with freezing rain in both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes Wednesday morning, Guy said.
Along with the rain, parts of Whatcom County, the San Juans and outer coast are also getting hit with wind, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
Drier weather should arrive by Friday into Saturday — but that means a chance of showers and the windshield wipers on intermittent, instead of the steady rain.
By early next week, it’s back to the big stuff again, with another big push of moisture expected.
“This unsettled pattern will continue,” Guy said.