The 'Pineapple Express' Just Caused Seattle To Have Its Wettest Day Since 1900
It's going to rain for 48 hours straight.
Some parts of Washington have raked up a reputation for being "rainy." But this week has been the mother of it all. The "super soaker" rain in Seattle that started on Thursday morning continues, officially breaking a record that goes back to 1900!
The National Weather Service in Seattle has also issued flood warnings for a couple of local rivers like Skokomish and Tolt. We've also been asked to watch out for those mudslides. So it's best to stay indoors.
This apocalyptic weather is because of an "atmospheric river" where moisture — the amount of water in Mississipi River — moves around. If that's not mammoth, we don't know what is.
"These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River," according to NOAA.
This occurrence is called the "Pineapple Express" and is not uncommon in Washington during the winter.
This even prompted someone on Twitter to say that the weather resembled "Pineapple Express on crack."
Thanks to the phenomenon, it's the wettest December 20 that Seattle has ever had. We've climbed well over two inches of rainfall today.
Puget Sounders should brace for this dramatic forecast because it's likely to rain until Saturday afternoon.
One Twitter user wrote, "I think I’m going to need a row boat to get out today the Rain will not stop gotta love Seattle. major flooding all over the roads and freeways."
It's not just the Emerald City that's flooding. Areas like Olympia, Shelton, Tacoma, and Renton broke some of their records too.
With parts of Washington like the Snoqualmie Pass under nearly three feet of snow, avalanche warnings are also in session.
The NWS has advised people who live near water to watch out for rising levels, and to "turn around... and don't drown."
The transport department has been cautioning people to not drive through floods as it could be deadly not knowing how deep the pool of water is.
That roughly translates to, stay indoors and Netflix 'n' chill, folks. It's nearly the weekend too. So, it's not highly impossible and comes authority-recommended too.
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