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Western Washington's rainy weather 'certainly better than not having any rainfall at all'

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A weather event that certainly happens in the Pacific Northwest but isn't as common in June, comes at a time when the area needs more rain.

Sunday brought steady rain throughout the day and heavy downpours late in the day.

The system Sunday had the potential to dump up to 2 inches of rain, which is above the 99th percentile for mid-June. Most areas in western Washington were expected to receive up to 0.5 inches by Sunday afternoon with more in the mountains.

“When we speak of an atmospheric river, we're looking for a narrow ribbon of deep moisture that usually originates in more tropical latitudes and that moisture is pulled north and that's what we're seeing today," National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Carly Kovacik said Sunday.

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The rainfall helps with dry conditions that have hit the region in recent months. By Sunday afternoon it was enough to help rainfall totals climb back to normal levels in Seattle. But the heat of summer looms right around the corner.  


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“It may provide some temporary relief and it's certainly better than not having any rainfall at all,” Kovacik said. “June ends up being an important month in gauging how our fire season is going to begin.”

Normally, Seattle sees 1.46 inches of rain for the whole month. More than half an inch of rain fell at Sea-Tac by 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Sunday was the 15th wettest June day at Sea-Tac in recorded history and the second wettest June day in the last 20 years with 0.81 inches of rain by 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

It was the seventh wettest June day in Olympia since 1941 and the wettest June day since 2002 with 0.96 inches of rain by 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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Monday will see on-and-off showers as the system gradually clears. Tuesday will see another wave of rain with a risk of thunderstorms through the day and temperatures cooling down to the mid and upper 60s. Sunshine should return on Wednesday and Thursday.

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