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Soggy Seattle lives up to name, breaks another rain record

In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, pedestrians huddle under umbrellas as they walk past the Pike Place Market and in view of Elliot Bay, behind, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, pedestrians huddle under umbrellas as they walk past the Pike Place Market and in view of Elliot Bay, behind, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record.

The city measured 44.7 inches of rain between October and April, making it the wettest such period since records began in 1895, the National Weather Service in Seattle said.

It marks the second year in the row that the city has topped the historic rainfall record for that period.

With several days left to go this month, this year’s record will likely be padded some more, said Mike McFarland, a meteorologist with the service in Seattle.

“This has been a terrible winter. It was just wet. There’s no way around that,” he said Tuesday.

The previous record was 44.5 inches of rain for the October 2015 to April 2016 period. The normal amount of rain during that period is usually 30.9 inches.

In the Pacific Northwest, cold-weather systems move through the region with dry breaks in between but McFarland said “we’re missing those breaks.”

The winter storm season was notable for back to back weather systems that were slightly wetter and warmer than normal, McFarland said.

Seattle also set a record number for wet days from October through April.

They are classified as days with at least .01 inches of precipitation. The city had 144 wet days from October through April and only five dry days so far this month.

Some parts of Washington state have had it much worse than Seattle

Quillayute Airport near the town of Forks along the state’s northwestern Pacific coast has received 116.1 inches of rain since Oct. 1.

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