Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rain and the Pacific Northwest

Having lived in the Pacific Northwest over the summer months, it's easy to forget the seemingly endless rain the region gets from fall to spring. This comprehensive report explains what's going on that makes it so rainy.
Approximately two-thirds of the region’s precipitation occurs in just half the year (October-March) when the PNW is on the receiving end of the Pacific storm track. Much of this precipitation is captured in the region’s mountains, influencing both natural and human systems throughout the PNW.

So there's some justification in all the weather complaints we hear from Washington/Oregon folks...


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