By Ken Stern 

December: lots of rain but too warm for snow


January 3, 2024

Nancy Crowell

NEW YEAR'S FORECAST IS UNCLEAR – The weather at midnight Sunday was foggy, if not frightful. The new year was rung in locally with fireworks provided by Swinomish tribal members. Some came out to Gilkey Square, above, to take in the eerie, if damp, beauty of the night. Others danced away in Maple Hall to the music of the Chris Eger band in support of the summer Sunday concert series at the Square.

Finally, rain, lots of it. December's rains were near record high, 4.6 inches, and 2023's first month of precipitation exceeding the century's average.

Rain fell 10 of the first 11 days, totaling 3.1 inches; another 0.9 inches was in the last week. It rained 23 times, with only a two days break at most.

Half an inch came down Dec. 1 and another 0.8 inch Dec 9, the month's highest one-day total.

The 12 days of over 0.2 inches totaled 4.2 inches of precipitation.

Total rainfall in 2023 was 22.4 inches. The deficit for the year is 8.9 inches. The 24 year average is 31.2 inches, 28.4% more.


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