Seattle had 5.04 inches of rain yesterday, apparently shattering the city's one-day total rainfall record, previously at something like 3.5 inches in a 24-hour period. And - particularly north of Seattle and in British Columbia - we've got the commensurate flooding underway, and a few evacuations going on.

The funny part is that it's not at all unusual that it would rain in Seattle for 24+ hours at a shot... it's just unusual that the rain amounts to anything much. For all it's rain-soaked reputation, Seattle doesn't get much more rain than, say, Chicago. It's just that Chicago gets it in furious 20-minute deluges, and we get it continuously from September to May.