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Weather in Seattle not as strange as other areas but still shades of strange

M. Elaine Wilson

In contrast to previous seasons of rainfall, the pattern seemed to have changed in February, followed by record breaking totals in March of this year. In fact, the 9.44 inches of rain in March was the highest ever recorded at SeaTac airport; 2014 Rainfall - Seattle Weather Blog Whereas in 2013 the amount of rainfall was actually around 5 inches drier than normal, except for September of last year, which recorded precipitation at 6.17 inches (the wettest according to Seattle Weather Blog), 2013 Rainfall - Seattle Weather Blog . So maybe it is pay-back or just continuing strangeness in weather; some would intone ongoing evidence of climate change.

For a long range weather forecast, the prediction from the Old Farmer’s Almanac does not appear too different from last year, 2014 Long-Range Weather Forecast for Seattle, Washington, except March appeared below normal, Moreover long range weather predictions appear more and more difficult to proffer, being fraught with all kinds of variables.

But Seattle Public Utilities has not shied from the task and making some difficult predictions in an effort to deal with the future and provide necessary protections. In this respect, Seattle has made news Seattle calculates how climate change will redraw its shores | Local News | The Seattle Times.

According to the above-referenced article, “Parts of Interbay, Georgetown, South Park, West Seattle, Harbor Island and Golden Gardens will be under water as the local shoreline creeps higher due to global climate change, Seattle Public Utilities predicts.” Implications to drinking water, infrastructure and other factors are numerous. But there is an action plan or rather ongoing work on an action plan to deal with climate change, with projections well into the future. Accordingly the effort may afford some measure of solace. On a related note, Tuesday is Earth Day.