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Thursday, December 6, 2007

When It Rains, It Pours

posted by on December 6 at 16:03 PM

Earlier this morning, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) released a map comparing last year’s Hanukkah eve storm with Monday’s biblical downpour.

In 2006, Seattle got about an inch of rain in a one hour period, but by comparison last years storm wasn’t as bad.


If you look at a 24 hour comparison of the storms, you can see Monday’s rain-a-thon dumped nearly five times as much rain on the city as the 2006 storm.


SPU says they’ll use the maps to look at the city’s rain patterns to help them plan for flood control in the future.

“Different types of storms can cause very different flooding problems,” says SPU Manager Gary Schimek. “The December 2006 event was a localized event [and] Madison Valley had almost an inch of rain in about an hour. This Monday, you had half of that.”

Meanwhile, Chehalis is still underwater.

UPDATE: Now with PDF links and fewer unfinished sentences.

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Strangely, Monday's deluge also fell on Hanukah eve.

Posted by blaire | December 6, 2007 4:07 PM

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one type of "Biblical downpour", and I have yet to experience it.

/need 20 more men

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 6, 2007 4:10 PM

We have a whole section of the paper where you can post ads for that kind of thing, Poe.

Posted by jonah s | December 6, 2007 4:16 PM


And all at once.

Posted by Lake | December 6, 2007 4:19 PM

Jonah - do you have link to SPU map?

Posted by Tim | December 6, 2007 4:28 PM


They need to be a special 20, good sir. And although I've barely ever looked, from what I gather they're all twinky shaven boys.

I require seasoned men, ah-thank'ya.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 6, 2007 4:36 PM

I wish I could embiggen the maps.

And had pics of Mr. Poe's 20 men.

Posted by el ganador | December 6, 2007 4:45 PM

These maps are so small I can hardly even make out which is from last year's storm and which is from the year's, let alone the scales.

Posted by Jeff | December 6, 2007 4:49 PM


Anderson Cooper, Tim Gunn, Dave Reichert, John Podesta, Scooter Libby, Morrissey, Tim Burgess, Alan Rickman, and any guys that look anything like any of them, better or slightly worse. With 20 of them, I don't think I'd make a fuss about an odd 5.

What the hell was this post about again?

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 6, 2007 5:01 PM

It is possible that many areas - like my condo - that were severely impacted by the prior deluge - had addressed the drainage problems by the time of this deluge ...

For example, my condo association went and recut the rooftop drain spouts so that water that formerly spilled into the units now goes down the emergency drain.

This may have helped minimize the damage.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 6, 2007 5:09 PM

Those maps remind me of college. God, I love / hate ArcGIS.

Posted by Greg | December 6, 2007 5:16 PM

Why is no one taking the Mayor to task for not doing anything about this for the past year? I know he had time to try to push regulation of night clubs but did not have time to plan for upcoming and very likely flooding disasters?

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