Dry but Wet In Tacoma, Washington.
Many of you may remember that in the early fall, we went for 48 days without any measurable precipitation. And since we get so much precipitation around here (that's why everything is so green), that we want to be very accurate in measuring it, so have got it down to the hundredth of an inch.
That 48 day stretch of dry weather was the second longest time without rain that the records here show (though they only go back to about the 1890s - nowhere near as long as some in the east.
Imagine a lot of people's surprise then, on learning that we ended up with about 48" of rain for the year. This made it the 6th wettest year on record. This is nearly a foot more than is normal here.
Some of us who are natives could tell it was going to be wet, as the rain came down much harder than was normally the case.
One of my daughter's friends posted picture of Mount Rainier on facebook the other day, with comment about how dark, cloudy and dismal it was here. For those who bothered to check -- the sun has been shining the last couple days -- so we could see the mountain in its snowy glory. Attaching picture from last summer.