Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. This children’s song rings true for many across the North Sound. The month of November has been a wet one, following a soggy end of October too.

There is a drying trend at the end of this drippy tunnel, but there is one more rain event to endure. The sixth atmospheric river event since late October will spread more rain into the North Sound Tuesday and Wednesday before cooler drier air moves onshore starting Thursday into the weekend.

This final period of wet weather is not expected to be a soaker with renewed flooding. The Nooksack River is Whatcom County, and the Skagit and Samish Rivers in Skagit County have crested above flood stage and will continue to recede through the rest of this week. Snohomish County Rivers crested last week and will continue to recede as well.

The mid-week rain will provide a pause for receding rivers but no renewed flooding is anticipated. Lingering high water in low lying areas is expected to slowing drain, opening up more local roads and allow the recovery process to proceed with more vigor.

It has rained a lot so far this month. Bellingham has already had their all-time wettest November with 13.27 inches – nearly 2 inches more than the previous record in 1990 – with additional rain to fall yet before the month ends. Paine Field Everett has received 6.58 inches, the 7th wettest November on record thus far.

This graphic shows how much rain has fallen in the region over the past 2 weeks. Some places in the Cascades have had over 20 inches of rain in that time period.

This weather pattern has also been quite warm with snow levels well above pass levels. The snow that fell in the lower and mid elevations of the mountains was rinsed away by the fourth atmospheric river a couple weeks ago. All the recent precipitation in the mountains has been rain with snow levels exceeding 7000 feet.

After this next atmospheric river rain event passes Wednesday, a cooler drier weather pattern will become established, dropping snow levels below pass levels for the first time in several weeks. The outlook heading well into December is for cooler weather, providing an opportunity to finally begin to build a mountain snowpack. With La Nina in place for this winter season, a healthy mountain snowpack is anticipated as the winter season progresses – good news for those who enjoy snow in the mountains and for water managers next year.

Thanks to all the recent rain and saturated soils though, the threat of landslides will linger for the next week or so. To monitor landslide conditions, visit this USGS Landslide website for the latest information.

To learn more about atmospheric rivers, read this everettpost.com story. Also catch North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner’s Weather Minute Podcasts that address a variety of regional weather topics. If you have a question about North Sound weather, click the Got a Question tab on the Weather Minute Podcast webpage.

Drier cooler weather is on the way after enduring one more atmospheric rain event through Wednesday. Finally!

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.