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City says more than 3 inches of rain fell over Capitol Hill — But don’t stop counting yet

This map from Seattle Public Utilities shows just how rainy it was in the city this weekend as rain totals pushed above the 4-inch mark in some parts of the city. Central Seattle and Capitol Hill managed to stay the driest south of the Montlake cut with a paltry total just over 3 inches.

We reported on a few other local Capitol Hill “pineapple express” weather observations, here. Meanwhile, another downpour hit the area Monday night. The National Weather Service says rain should let up later tonight before returning Tuesday.

Here’s a report from SPU on the totals:

A detailed analysis of the intense Pineapple Express rainstorm that hit Seattle over the weekend shows that most of Seattle received 3 to 4 inches of precipitation, with some areas receiving more.

 “This was a very significant event,” said James Rufo-Hill, a meteorologist for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), who worked on the analysis.

 The map-based analysis, based on data from 22 local rain gauges, shows that at several locations—including West Seattle, Green Lake, and South Park—the amount of rain that fell was close to that of a historical 100-year event.

 For much of the rest of the city, it was a 20- to 30-year storm.


A map of the rain event is attached.


The rain gauge data shows that:

•Generally, South Seattle received more precipitation than North Seattle.

•The most rain fell on West Seattle, which received over 4 inches in at least one location.


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