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Previous Climate In Seattle: Seattle's climate is usually described as oceanic, dry-summer oceanic, or temperate marine, with cool

, wet winters and warm, relatively dry summers Temperature extremes are moderated by the adjacent Puget Sound, greater Pacific Ocean, and a!e "ashington# The region is largely denied Pacific storms by the Olympic $ountains and %rctic air by the &ascade 'ange# (espite being on the margin of the rain shadow of the Olympic $ountains, the city has a reputation for fre)uent rain# This reputation stems from the fre)uency of precipitation in the fall, winter, and spring# *n an average year, at least +#+, inches of precipitation falls on ,-+ days, more than .oston, /ew 0or!, "ashington, (#&#, or %tlanta# *t is cloudy 1+, days out of the year and partly cloudy 23 days# The location of official weather and climatic records, the Seattle-Tacoma *nternational %irport, is located about ,2 !m south of downtown in the city of SeaTac, and records more cloudy days and fewer partly cloudy days per year# 4or this reason, official weather and climatic records may not accurately reflect the weather and climate conditions of the city proper#

More About Seattle: %t 35#6, inches, the city receives less precipitation annually than .oston, /ew 0or!, "ashington, (#&#, %tlanta, and most cities on the 7astern Seaboard of the 8#S# 0et, due to local variations in microclimate, Seattle proper receives significantly less precipitation than some other locations west of the &ascades# The suburb of .remerton, about ,- mi to the southwest of downtown Seattle, receives -6#91 inches of precipitation annually# Statistics show that the city is becoming wetter: the current annual rainfall average of 2-1 millimeters reflects an increase of ,, mm# Seattle receives the largest amount of rainfall of any 8#S# city of more than 1-+,+++ people in /ovember, and is in the top ,+ through winter, but is in the lower half of all cities from ;une to September# Seattle is in the top rainiest 8#S# cities by number of precipitations days, and it gets the least amount of annual sunlight of all major cities in the lower-69 states# Thunderstorms are rare, as the city reports thunder on just seven days per year# Seattle experiences moderate rain and heavy rain during the months of /ovember, (ecember, and ;anuary# The city receives roughly half of its annual rainfall <by volume= during these three months# *n late fall>early winter, atmospheric rivers, and Pacific storms are common# ight rain ? dri@@le are the predominant forms of precipitation during the remainder of the year# On occasion, Seattle experiences extraordinary weather events# One such event occurred on (ecember 1A6, 1++5, when sustained hurricane-force winds and widespread heavy rainfall associated with a strong BPineapple 7xpressB event occurred in the greater Puget Sound area and the western parts of "ashington and Oregon# Precipitation totals exceeded ,3#9 in some areas with winds topping out at 1+2 !m>h along coastal Oregon# *t became the second wettest event in Seattle history when a little over ,3+ mm of rain fell on Seattle in a 16 hour period# The rain contributed to five deaths and widespread flooding and damage#