By Ken Stern 

Seventh-wettest February was also pretty mild

Hail falls in front of an office building

Ken Stern

MARCH BEGAN LIKE FEBRUARY ENDED – First the Monday, Feb. 26, hailstorm swept over the western Fidalgo Island peninsula and through La Conner. Then Saturday, March 2, an even bigger hailstorm deposited at least half an inch of pellets in the early afternoon. That turned to a snowy slush before 5 p.m.

Suddenly, the fields around La Conner are puddling up.

February's 3.2 inches of rain is the third above average rainfall month in a row. There was over 2 inches of rain the last six days: 1.2 inches Feb. 28-29 after 0.8 inches Feb. 24-25. With three days of sprinkles, 2.2 inches fell Feb. 19-29, 71% of the month's precipitation, and continued March 1-3. Most of the rest, 0.5 inches, came down Feb. 11-12. Rain came down on 17 days. No measurable snow fell.

This was the seventh-wettest February since 2000. The four wettest Februarys have been since 2016 with 5.8 inches of rain in 2018 the mo...

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