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November 15, 2012 at 8:25 AM
If you like good old-fashioned Western Washington rainstorms, you’ll love the weather that kicks in this weekend.
“We’re looking at four significant weather systems in five days,” said Chris Burke of the Weather Service, saying the storms are expected to hit Saturday, Sunday night, Monday night and again on Wednesday.
In all, they could drop 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches of rain in the Puget Sound lowlands, and about twice that near the coast.
Heavier precipitation is expected in the mountains, falling as snow in higher elevations. Snoqualmie Pass, at 3,022, is likely to see mostly rain, or a rain-snow mix. But Stevens Pass, 1,000 feet higher, could get 10 inches of snow or more over the weekend, according to the forecast.
It’s also expected to be breezy on the coast and in the mountains, less so in the Greater Seattle area.
Is there an explanation for the soggy weather pattern heading our way from the Pacific? “Yes,” said Burke. “It’s called November.”
November is typically the wettest month in the Seattle area, and the month’s last two weeks are the rainiest.
Through Wednesday, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had recorded 1.96 inches of rain so far this month, compared to a normal 2.96 inches for November’s first two weeks.
“So we’re an inch down, but I have a suspicion we’ll make that up,” Burke said.
Normal Sea-Tac precipitation for all of November is 6.57 inches.
Because the coming precipitation will be spread out over five days, it’s not as likely to produce flooding as it would if it all fell in a day or two, Burke said. But some rivers, such as Skokomish River in Mason County could reach flood level at some point, although no flood warnings are currently posted.
July 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM
Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaimed a state of emergency for 16 Eastern Washington counties Monday after a barrage of heavy Washington thunderstorms caused power outages, fuel shortages, building damage and road closures.
Areas receiving recovery help from state agencies include Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Jefferson, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Walla Walla and Yakima counties.
“This was a significant storm system that has not only impacted our roads and utilities, but, sadly, led to a storm-related death in Ferry County,” Gregoire said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends.”
The proclamation directs state agencies “to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the event.”
The Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division, will coordinate all assistance to the affected areas, according to a release from the governor’s office. State transportation, commerce, natural resource, health, technology and patrol agencies will also be involved in the recovery effort.
Gregoire said in a release that state agencies have been working on disaster-related incidents since Friday, but their roles in helping the 16 counties in need has continued to expand since then.
April 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The Associated Press
Plenty of snow in the mountains means it should be a good year for the water supply in Washington.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the mountain snowpack as of April 1 — when it typically peaks — is 137 percent of average.
Water supply specialist Scott Pattee compiles the report at his office in Mount Vernon. He says all regions of the state are above average. Any that were lagging made up ground in March storms.
Pattee says the snowpack accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the surface water supply in the state. So, as the snowpack melts, there should be plenty available for drinking water, farm irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, salmon migration, as well as for people who like to go river rafting.
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