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Thursday December 20, 2018

Assignment: Predict the 24 hr precipitation amount (inches) for Quillayute, WA (KUIL)

It's a big story that some sites on the East Coast are near or over 100 inches of total precipitation for this year, about double their average amount. But Quillayute, Washington receives an average of about 100 inches, because of frequent storms through the cool season, like the one arriving on Thursday. Let's forecast the 24-hr precipitation amount and see how much they get. The Quillayute observing site is a small airport very near the coast in northwestern Washington, close to the coastal part of Olympic National Park.

Question: Seattle is not very far from Quillayute and it's very famous for being rainy, but it receives only about one-third of the total annual precipitation. Why?

Forecasts for Quillayute, WA (KUIL)
Forecaster Precip24, inches (error) Comment Day Score