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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Does the Seattle Rain Feel Different This Winter?

Posted by on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Different? Or the same?

Maybe it's that we're all paying closer attention because, you know. Still, I keep having conversations in which this winter's rain is said to be coming down harder than normal, or thicker than normal, or with more to-the-point efficiency and less of that familiar lingering ambivalence. Well, Slog?


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Hell yeah it's different. No seven shades of grey like usual- I've lived here all my life and it is more like I associate with trips to Southeast Alaska.
Posted by mrssquires on December 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM · Report this
anyone remember that 30-odd-days of rain 6 or so years ago. yawn. winter is weird. november is particularly gnarly. every year. maybe it's getting weirder. but in terms of predicted climate change impacts, this region is relatively mellow. beats the desert anyhow!
Posted by tada!!!! on December 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM · Report this
Dougsf 21
It's because you're older, and the rain just isn't fun anymore. Also, it's winter there?
Posted by Dougsf on December 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM · Report this
Andy 20
Posted by Andy on December 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 19
Sun's out.

Oh, and it's not fucking winter yet.
Posted by Ipso Facto on December 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
@15 AAUGH global warming!!??!!
Posted by zobot on December 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
November is often the worst month for rain. It seems worse than it is because we remember the average or the end of the previous winter and black out the previuos November.
Posted by wl on December 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
care bear 16
Go just a few hundred miles north and this is the kind of rain you get nonstop from October through December in Southeast Alaska.
Posted by care bear on December 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Fnarf 15
It's bright sunshine outside right now. Harder, crazier, gnarlier sunshine than ever before. Go look.
Posted by Fnarf on December 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 14
When the real revolution comes and Nate Silver becomes dictator for life, you Stranger people will be the first against the wall.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on December 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
michaelp 13
Cribbing Frizzelle's thoughts. Is this what you do after you get a Pulitzer?

To the point - it's much worse this year. It's windier, the rain is more...awful. Either bigger and wetter, or smaller and more piercing. Hopefully it's an anomaly.
Posted by michaelp on December 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
seandr 12
Not sure if the rain seems any harder this year, but it is definitely wetter.
Posted by seandr on December 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
sperifera 11
Glad to see you posting on Slog again, Eli.
Posted by sperifera on December 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM · Report this
Winters have been getting colder, and summers have been getting hotter. Remember the 109-degree summer? A lot of people fried because many places just don't have AC installed... we never needed it when 70 was the high in summer.
Posted by MemeGene on December 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM · Report this
internet_jen 9
Hah, I guess he actually touched on this topic the other day:

Does it REALLY rain all the time in Seattle?
You have heard the complaint--in fact, you may have made it yourself: It seems like it is ALWAYS raining around here during the winter. Endless precipitation.

The funny thing, it really isn't true. Let me prove it to you.…
Posted by internet_jen on December 5, 2012 at 7:44 AM · Report this
This was just posted last night! It's the previous post!

Boy, we must really be worried.

(And no, it's not that much different. A little warmer with some downpours, but that's it.)
Posted by floater on December 5, 2012 at 7:44 AM · Report this
Eli Sanders 7
@1: Yikes. Slog has certain time bending powers, and when the above was created the below didn't yet exist—hence the double. Rain on the brains!
Posted by Eli Sanders on December 5, 2012 at 7:41 AM · Report this
internet_jen 6
You guys need to visit wetland area annually in the winter. I grew up in Pierce County near a creek. Every Thanks Giving w/o fail our road would be threatened by flooding because of November rains. Quite a few times it did flood and few times my school bus had to try to drive through it or we were required to walk through it.

BUT Cliff Mass said earlier this year that weak El Nino / La Nino years (which this is because I guess neither is forming in the Pacific) produces more extreme storms.
Posted by internet_jen on December 5, 2012 at 7:33 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
I would be looking for longer term patterns. But some friends in California have seen rain that damaged their roofs and flooded areas they've never seen before.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 5, 2012 at 7:13 AM · Report this
Fnarf 4
Oh, for chrissakes, you're talking about TWO DAYS. And it was just nine years ago that the rain came down far harder than it did Sunday and Monday -- do you not remember the FIVE INCHES we got on 20 Oct 2003? An all-time record? And now you're ascribing Sunday to global warming? You realize it was just a few months ago when everyone was freaking out that there was NO rain, right?

It's Seattle weather. Surely you're used to it by now. Y'all are reminding me of the surfer who gets off the plane in Boston in February wearing flip flops and saying "whoa, dude, it is always this cold here? This doesn't seem right to me, bra".
Posted by Fnarf on December 5, 2012 at 6:55 AM · Report this
Every winter is different. Last winter had a long dry spell, so we're really noticing the rain this year. Yes, it may be rainier than last, but the rain is not exceptional.
Posted by Don't you think he looks tired? on December 5, 2012 at 6:52 AM · Report this
DejaVu, but having lived here since the 80's, I've also noticed that the rain is coming down harder than the soft sprinkles of the past.
Posted by neo-realist on December 5, 2012 at 6:19 AM · Report this
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Posted by NotSean on December 5, 2012 at 6:12 AM · Report this

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