In 2021, even the rain is relentless. If it felt like the shoes were wetter and the backyards muddy in January, it’s because it was, according to the National Weather Service.
During 21 rainy days, readings at Sea-Tac International Airport showed 8.75 inches, the most for a month since January 2020 when the area was a whopping 9.23 inches. However, last year’s total included a snow storm in the middle of the month.
Before 1945 the total values were taken from a train station in the city center. The precipitation records for the old station go back to 1894. If these readings are included, Seattle had the 10th wettest January 2021.
According to NWS, January is the third wettest month in Seattle after November and December averaging 5.73 inches. Most of the January sky in Seattle was in 1953 when the city received 12.92 inches of rainfall in 27 days, according to the University of Washington. In 1985, the city had less than an inch of rain or snow in January.
In a press release on Monday morning, the NWS announced that the rain would last at least until Friday and then give way to a rare dry weekend. Mountain snow is expected throughout the week, with snow readings falling to 1,500 feet on Tuesday evening. The coast can also expect hail and thunderstorms.