The National Weather Service says near-record rainfall was recorded in March in Darrington and Arlington near last week's deadly mudslide. At the Darrington Ranger Station, nearly 19 inches of rain fell in March as of Sunday morning. That made it the second wettest March on record. Normal rainfall in March in Darrington is just over 7 inches.
The wettest March on record was 1997, when almost 20 inches of rain fell in Darrington, although information was missing for 11 days of that month. In Arlington, rainfall totals are not as current. Nearly eight inches of rain had been recorded as of Wednesday morning. The wettest March on record in Arlington was 2011 when more than 9 inches of rain fell. Normally Arlington sees just over four and a half inches of rain during March.
The National Weather Service says monthly rainfall at the airport broke the 1950 record of 8.40 inches on Friday and hit 9.44 inches on Saturday. Meteorologist Johnny Burg says showers Sunday could add to the total but the month should end dry on Monday. Typical rainfall for March at Sea-Tac Airport is 3.72 inches. Burg says most other reporting stations in Western Washington are among the top ten on record for rainfall for the month.
March 31, 2014