Famously soggy Seattle sees its wettest fall on record

<p><p>SEATTLE – Seattle, a city known for soggy weather, has seen its wettest fall on record.</p></p><p><p>The National Weather Service says 19.04 inches of rain fell between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, breaking a record set in 2006.</p></p><p><p>A series of wet storms caused by so-called “atmospheric rivers” pounded the Pacific Northwest, causing widespread flooding and damage. Atmospheric rivers are huge plumes of moisture over the Pacific that carry water from oceans onto land.</p></p><p><p>“It’s really been incredible for Seattle. I think what’s really been interesting is that we have just had atmospheric river after atmospheric river after atmospheric river, which is something that you usually don’t see even in a very wet place like Seattle,” said Justin Shaw, who runs the Seattle Weather Blog.</p></p><p><p>Areas north of Seattle were hit especially hard. The city of Bellingham recorded 23.55 inches of rain from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 6.5 inches more than the previous high. Officials have said damages from November flooding in Whatcom County. which includes Bellingham, could reach as high as $50 million.</p></p><p><p>The record rain comes after the region saw record breaking heat earlier this year. Scientists says these extreme weather events will be more frequent with climate change worsening.</p></p><p><p>“We know that climate change makes those kinds of extreme events both more likely to happen and more severe,” said Meade Krosby a climate adaption scientist at the Climate Impact Group of the University of Washington.</p></p>