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A November to remember

Seattle Times staff reporter

If you're prone to forgetting your umbrella, Nov. 25 was the day for you.

It was the only day in November that it didn't rain in Seattle.

But, otherwise, rain it did, a record of 15.63 inches at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. That also was more than the record monthly total of 15.33 inches that fell in downtown Seattle in 1933, before the National Weather Service put its official rain gauge at the airport.

Average rainfall for the month is 5.9 inches.

"We had just about everything," said Dennis D'Amico, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "Thunder. High winds, rain, snow, floods. Everything besides an earthquake and a tsunami. We covered all our bases for what could go wrong."

According to the National Weather Service:

• The rainiest day of the month was Nov. 6, when 3.29 inches fell at Sea-Tac.

• The coldest high was 27 degrees on Nov. 28, and the coldest low was 18 degrees on Nov. 28 and 29.

• In all, 41 inches of rain have fallen this year, far exceeding the average annual total of 31 inches.

• The warmest days of the month were Nov. 3 and 6, when temperatures reached 60 degrees.

• The state Department of Transportation's Web site had 14.6 million hits on Nov. 26, shattering the record of 12 million views set in 2004.

The Mount Baker Ski Area set a record for snowfall in one storm. Between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27, 12 feet of snow fell on the mountain, the most in 53 years, said Gwyn Howat, a spokeswoman for the ski area.

So you think it was wet in Seattle? Be glad you don't live in Hoodsport, Mason County. There, weather watchers tallied the monthly rain total at 36.66 inches.

Susan Gilmore: 206-464-2054 or

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