Seattle is already experiencing its wettest October through June on record, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), and it’s only June 1.
NWS’s Seattle chapter tweeted the news at 12:06 a.m. Thursday morning—that’s right, six minutes into the month—after precipitation officially hit 47.24 inches since October.
As NWS clarified: “This is now the wettest October [through] June on record with a whole month to add to the record.”
October marks the beginning of the water year, or the period that the United States Geological Survey and NWS use to measure precipitation.
The previous record for the first nine months of the water year, 47.23 inches, was just last year in 2015-2016, but it included the whole month of June.
This year has been a banner year for rain. Back in April, NWS announced that the year’s first six months were the wettest on record—and in March, that we’d had the coldest winter since 1985. That month had a full 25 days with some kind of rain.
KING 5 reports that in 2017—since January—we’ve had rainy days 70 percent of the time.
Despite the early head start, this weekend shouldn’t add much to the year’s count. A Friday with a chance of showers leads into what should be a relatively dry weekend, according to current forecasts.