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It's been one of the soggiest Januarys ever in Seattle — and more is on the way

Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times on

Published in Weather News

SEATTLE -- Seattle has never had 90 days of rain in a row, despite legends to the contrary. But this month, at least, has perhaps felt like interminable rain and gloominess.

With precipitation predicted every day this week, Seattle is on track to have a record-tying 28 rainy days in January, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton.

"The chances are real good it's going to rain the rest of the month," he said Monday.

Typically, Seattle experiences about 15 rainy days in January, he said. The last times that the first month of the year was this soggy were back in 1953 and 2006, he said.

Records for the number of rainy days this month will likely be set in Quillayute, Forks and Olympia -- which have never before had measurable rain every single day of January -- and Hoquiam, which has, he said.

Quillayute and Forks are on track, also, to break their record of 24.02 inches of rain for the month, he said. As of Monday evening, Quillayute had gotten 22.28 inches.

 

So far this month, 6.49 inches of rain has been measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. While that's more than is normal for January, it's "nowhere near" the month's record of 12.92 inches, set in 1953, Felton said.

But Hoquiam will end up with its second-wettest January on record, and Olympia will "definitely get in the top five."

The steady rain has kept soil saturated and prone to landslides.

One lane of eastbound Highway 18 was reopened Monday afternoon after a small landslide encroached on the highway at Issaquah-Hobart Road. The westbound lanes were unaffected.

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