Seattle has a reputation for being fairly rainy and there is data that corroborates that characterization. But it’s not as clear cut as you may think, and there are places in the U.S. that receive more rain. Seattle experiences an average of 152 rainy days a year, which is more than most cities across the U.S. A rainy day is defined as a calendar day in which at least 0.01 inches of rain, or melted snow and ice, falls. The amount of rain that falls, however, is typically not that much. In fact, Seattle typically sees only five days a year with at least 1 inch of accumulating precipitation.
Where there is rain, there is often flooding.
When water gets into your home or basement it might be time to contact Professional Flood Restoration for your Seattle home or business. At the very least, as a Seattle Resident keeping (253) 263-1915 handy in your phone could be a lifesaver.
Seattle’s Rainy Stats
Given the low amount of rain the falls each rainy day, it is no surprise that the average annual rainfall in the Emerald City is only 37.18 inches. This is lower than much of the Eastern and Southern U.S., as well as portions of the Midwest.
Portland, Oregon, is one of the few cities that sees more days with measurable rainfall, about 155 days, but it actually receives slightly less rain than Seattle: 36.20 inches.
The Olympic Rain Shadow is one of the reasons for the lack of hefty rainfall totals in the Seattle area. Basically, when moisture encounters the Olympic Mountains, west of Seattle, the mountains force the air upward. As the air moves upward, it condenses and moisture is squeezed out. Then as the air comes down the eastern slopes, it sinks and becomes drier. This leaves less moisture in the atmosphere east of the mountains, where Seattle is located.
Cities in the Northeast that receive notably more rainfall than Seattle include New York, which sees an average of 49.92 inches per year but that rainfall occurs over 122 days. In other words, New York enjoys the equivalent of a month of additional dry days compared to Seattle, but picks up about a foot of additional rainfall.
Atlanta and Charleston, South Carolina, also see about 50 inches of rain per year and experience 113 rainy days per year, with 15 of those measuring at least 1 inch of rainfall.
What Does it mean for my Home?
Luckily if you experience a leak or if rain water rushes into your damaged foundation, there is a Flood Restoration team ready to help you. Premier Flood Restoration Seattle, can help remove the rain water or flood water, and get your property drying out as fast as possible. This gives you piece of mind in knowing your family or employees will be safe and your home will be back to normal in no time. Call Premier now if you experience a flood damage emergency. (253) 263-1915