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Seattle experiences the 5th rainiest day on record

More than 3 inches of rain fell at Sea-Tac Airport on Friday, making for one of the wettest days in recent history.

SEATTLE — Friday, Dec. 20, was the rainiest day in the Seattle area in the past decade. 

Sea-Tac Airport recorded 3.25 inches of rain, making Friday the 5th rainiest day on record, according to the National Weather Service.

The top three rainiest days in the area of the past decade are:

  • December 20, 2019 - 3.25"
  • March 15, 2015 - 2.20" 
  • December 12, 2010 - 2.19"

The record for the rainiest day in Seattle occurred on October 20, 2003, when 5.02 inches of rain fell at Sea-Tac Airport.

Friday's record-breaking rainfall occurred amid a number of weather advisory and warnings. Several counties, including portions of King, Pierce, Thurston, and Kitsap were under Flood Advisories or a Flood Watch.

Also see | Friday was Seattle's darkest day in 20 years, UW says

Several other areas also broke daily precipitation records on Friday:

  • Olympia: 2.87" – previous record of 1.87" was set in 1955
  • WFO Seattle: 2.64" – previous record of 1.02" was set in 1994
  • Hoquiam: 2.35" – previous record of 1.88" was set in 2014
  • Bellingham: 1.02" – previous record of 0.88" was set in 1974

Rainfall totals for the state can be found here