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Despite recent soggy weather, it's driest start to a year in a decade

A rainy autumn day around Seattle (Photo: Lien Titus)

It's rained for a week-straight in Seattle, which is not that unusual considering we're heading into our typically soggy November.

But despite the recent rains, 2018 is still on track to be one of the driest we've had in several years.

Rainfall for the year through Oct. 31 was 24.23 inches. That is the driest January through October period in Seattle (Sea-Tac Airport) since 2008 only had 20.11 inches, according to the National Weather Service, though surprisingly only about an inch behind normal (25.57 inches.)

Yet it might seem even drier since it's a far cry from where we've been the past two years. Last year at 33.81 inches at this time, while 2016 had 34.83 inches -- more than 10.5 inches above this year, which is like adding in an extra two Decembers' worth of rain.

But has it rained more often than normal? No. Seattle has had 119 days with measurable rain in 2018 through October -- that is spot-on normal. We should get another 37 over the next two months to hit our annual average of 156.

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