It's official: 2017 is second wettest February on record in Seattle

Rain on the towercam for downtown Seattle.
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SEATTLE – You’re not imagining it: February 2017 has been one of the wettest and grayest in Seattle's record books.

According to the National Weather Service, this month is now the 2nd wettest February on record, as of 5 p.m. Monday - with 8.79 inches of rain so far this month.

The previous record for second wettest February was 8.76 inches, set in 1951.

By 10 p.m. Monday, NWS Seattle tweeted out yet another increase in the rainfall total.

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"Seattle's precipitation for the month is now a dazzling 8.84".  If we can manage another 0.28" in 26 hours, it would be the wettest February in 123 years," NWS Seattle said from its Twitter account.

February 1961 holds the current record, with a whopping 9.11 inches of rain.

Monday was also the third day of snowfall this month, putting us in fourth place for record February snowfall. So far we've had 7.1 inches, far behind February 1949, which saw a record 13.1 inches.

Also important to note, as Monday’s snowfall melts, it will contribute to rainfall totals.

"It started out hailing and then all of a sudden it went from hail, then a lightning strike, then I heard thunder going, and then snow was literally dumping and dumping and dumping," said Persia Duckworth, describing the wild weather she saw during Monday afternoon's commute from downtown Seattle to her home in Rainier Beach.

As far as sunshine, SeaTac has gotten just one clear day so far, compared to February’s average of three days.

Don’t lose hope, warm weather fans. Spring is just three weeks away, officially starting March 20 at 3:29 a.m.

"We're over this snow," said Duckworth.  "You know, can we get some 60-degree weather?  It's time for sunshine.  I'm serious.  I'm literally over it."

Monday's weather also shut down Snoqualmie Parkway for several hours.  

The City of Snoqualmie said that so many people abandoned their cars on the snow-covered road that plows were unable to access Snoqualmie Parkway to clear it.  It finally re-opened just before 9 p.m. Monday.