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Seattle Rain Record Retracted

After surviving a November of heavy rain and even snow, Seattle residents thought they had something special to celebrate: a new local record set for precipitation in a month. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reading of 15.63 inches total for the month did outdo the November 1933 reading for downtown Seattle of 15.33 inches. This new record was publicized by the National Weather Service and news outlets as august as the L.A. Times. However, University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass set the record straight in The Seattle Times last week. City gauges in downtown Seattle had only reached 14.8 inches in total for November 2006.

And really, Seattle doesn't have much to complain about. Check out page 295 in The World Almanac 2007 to see who has it worse in terms of average annual precipitation. Even I was surprised to see that New York's Central Park weather station records more precipitation annually (an average of 49.69 inches) than Seattle's measly 37.07 annual inches.

-Zoƫ Kashner (Seattle native, New York resident)

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