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February 22, 2019

2/6/2019 1:17:00 PM
January driest in last 19 years
FIRST SNOW OF YEAR - Finally, on February 4, snow came, and in abundance. - Courtesy of Don Coyote
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FIRST SNOW OF YEAR - Finally, on February 4, snow came, and in abundance. - Courtesy of Don Coyote
Rain Report: January

Rain last week, Jan 27-Feb. 2: 0.19 (Feb. 1-2)
Rainfall in Jan: 1.42
Number of rain days: 11
Least rain, one day: 0.01, Jan. 4, 8, 9
Most rain, one day: 0.65, Jan. 22
Least rain: this year
Most rain: 6.54, 2006
Average rainfall, 2000-2019: 3.98 (No data 2003, 2005)
Rainfall last month, Dec.: 3.79
Forecast into Sunday: Winter now: lows in the 20s nightly. Highs mid 30s. Snow likely Friday, possible Thursday through Monday.
Cold snap: Temperatures started dropping Sunday evening, with a low of 19 degrees 8 a.m Monday. The high, at 1 p.m.: 31 degrees. Monday’s low: 11 degrees, at midnight.
All totals in inches. Data from WSU Mount Vernon.

January’s rainfall of 1.42 is by far the lowest recorded since 2000. This month marked the second driest since 1994, when data started being collected. No rain was measured the last eight days of the month; no rain fell between Jan. 10 and 16. There were 20 days without rain and another five when precipitation measured 0.10 inch or less.
Only two rain events totaled over 0.25 inches, with Jan 22 having the single highest precipitation, 0.62 inch.
The only other January this century with less than two inches of rain was in 2017, when 1.62 inches fell.
While five of the six driest years are in the period between 2010 and 2019, five of the seven wettest years have been since 2011. In that time period, January rainfall averaged 3.7 inches.
This century there have been nine years of rainfall over 4.0 inches and 16 years of at least 2.75 inches of rain.
Measurements and data are at Washington State University’s Mount Vernon weather station on Memorial Highway.

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