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When it rains it pours: Austin catches more rainfall than gloomy Seattle

While this was one of the wettest Mays for Austin, Seattle and Portland experienced less rain. (Laura Figi)

We're all getting tired of living in "Seattle." After more than a month of near-constant rain, flash floods and power outages, some residents are wondering, where's our Austin sunshine? Austin had a rainy May—rainier than some of the wettest cities across the country.


Year-to-date, Austin has weathered 19.8 inches of rain compared to a measured 17.38 inches in Seattle, Washington and 13.28 inches in Portland, Oregon. While it may seem like a lot of precipitation, meteorologists say this type of rain isn't uncommon for Austin.

Austin's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, a drier than normal winter and spring due to La Niña, and a semi-tropical system were all responsible for bringing May's heavy rain, according to Keith White, National Weather Service Austin and San Antonio meteorologist.

"This spring wasn't all that unusual for this area," White said. "Mays and Octobers past have been notably wetter. We'll be entering a drier period in summer; Austin sees its highest precipitation in the spring and a secondary peak in fall; midsummer and midwinter are drier."

May is typically Austin's wettest month and despite straight days of rain, last month was beat out by May of 2016, 2015 and 1965.

Austin sees far fewer rainy days on average (around 85) than Portland or Seatttle, where it rains 156 and 160 days, respectively, but sees a similar amount of rainfall per year. Each year, Austin sees 36.25 inches of rainfall; Portland sees 36.91 inches and Seattle sees 39.34 inches of rain per year.

Most rain in the Pacific Northwest is concentrated between mid-fall and mid-spring. Portland is five inches drier than what is normal for this time of year and while Seattle had a wet start to the year in January, it has resumed normal weather patterns.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.