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Seattle Nears Precipitation Record

November 27, 2006

SEATTLE (AP) _ This city known for gray skies and frequent drizzle is close to breaking its own wet record.

On Sunday, as thousands of people ran and walked in the Seattle Marathon, a chilly rain left .8 of an inch of precipitation, bringing the total for the month to a near-record 15.08 inches.

The all-time record for precipitation in a month in Seattle is 15.33 inches in December 1933.

With December just a few days away and cold and slightly drier weather forecast, it was uncertain whether additional the expected snow flurries and rain in the forecast would be enough to break the record.

Naeema Cushmeer, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said breaking the record would be ``a little tricky ... a hit-and-miss type of thing.″ The forecast was for mostly cold, relatively dry weather with a chance of snow flurries Monday evening and Tuesday and rain unlikely before Wednesday.

Rainstorms earlier this month raised the total for November to 11.63 inches at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which broke the old record for November of 11.62 inches, set in November 1998.

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