Dry but Wet In Tacoma

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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 Mt Rainiermade 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.

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Comments (12)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Steven 48" of rain is a lot of rain.  I hope that you are on first name bases with Noah :)

Jan 03, 2013 09:59 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Steve, Mount Rainier was one of my favorite things to photograph when I visited my brother on Bainbridge Island.  It is so beautiful  Oh, and it didn't rain the whole time I was there.  It's never rained when I've been there.  I think the rain is a myth.

Jan 03, 2013 11:35 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA
I bet it's beautiful in your area whether its sunny or not. Very interested local post.
Jan 03, 2013 11:50 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

George -- that is not so much compared to the 150" normal for the Olympic RAIN forest a few miles to our west, and nowhere near Mt. Waialeale on Kauai with its average of 470"/year.  BTW - looks like the average precipitation there in New Britain is 43.5". 

Patricia -- shhh!  don't let everyone know about that, it's a secret we are trying to keep to ourselves. ;-) After a good soaking last night, we have blue skies again this midday.  And it looks like your average precip is 40".

Joy -- thank you, yes, it is beautiful (unless it is too foggy to see anything).   Figured you might appreciate these words from Christmas song by Brenda Kutz White from 1985, "

And even if you take away the presents
I still would have a tree
For Christmas in the Northwest
Is a gift God wrapped in green

That God wrapped up in green"

May you all have a great, enjoyable and prosperous new year!


Jan 04, 2013 03:37 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Steven I did not know that, so maybe I should be the one that needs to get on good terms with Noah :)

Jan 04, 2013 03:58 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

George -- isn't that one of the reasons we are here, to keep learning?  Have a great weekend!

Jan 04, 2013 04:01 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

My daughter and son-in-law lived in Washington for a few years, while visiting we took a couple of trips to the mountain, great trails and sites.

Jan 06, 2013 01:43 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Steven, it's been many years since I've been there but I do remember how green everything was.

Jan 06, 2013 04:00 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Joe -- glad you were able to visit the area (and didn't decide to stay forever  lol). 

Connie -- yes, we have some great greens up here (and not just on the golf courses).

Jan 07, 2013 02:50 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The weather seems to be getting more extreme in most areas of the world.

Jan 07, 2013 08:05 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Gabe -- not sure how that really is working, as our weather, though different from normal (as my wife says, as result of that large earthquake and tsunami off of Thailand several years ago) -- it is still within the "normal" range of expectations in this area.

Jan 08, 2013 07:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Steven, we were very dry in the fall with warmer than normal weather, then we did get several days of snow so far.   Still way below what we need.

Jan 09, 2013 09:47 PM