Observer staff report
LONG BEACH — March came in like a lion and, well, pretty much went out like a lion. Rainfall for the month set a new 149-year record of 17.77 inches, smashing the old record of 16.16 inched in 1975. Third place goes to March 1997 with 16.15”, according to Dr. Kim Patten at the WSU Long Beach station.
“The complaints have been non-stop, with even Northwest natives mumbling about one of the most persistently wet, cool, cloudy winters they can remember,” University of Washington meteorology Prof. Cliff Mass said on March 30.
Overall in western Washington and Oregon, between 115 and 145 of the previous 180 days were wet at the end of March. During February and March, most of Pacific County had 50 to 55 days of rain, according to the National Weather Service.