It was the best of winters. It was the worst of winters.
After starting out on a semi-active note—an inch of snow whitened Seattle shortly after Thanksgiving, and a minor windstorm blew through two weeks later—Mother Nature has put the brakes on winter, with abnormally warm, sunny weather dominating ever since. Seattle just wrapped up its warmest February ever (dating back to 1891), fresh off the heels of its balmiest December on record. The spring-like conditions have led to both smiles and scowls up and down Puget Sound, delighting legions of warm weather enthusiasts while sending skiers, snowboarders and all-around active weather lovers* into a collective fit of rage.
How do you feel about the not-so-winter of 2014-15?
*Consider the Seattle Weather Blog firmly in this camp. However, with a lovely new daughter in my life, there (fortunately) hasn’t been much time to ponder just how un-winter-like this winter has been. (There’s also been even less time for blogging—hence the reason for my months-long hiatus.)
This time around, everyone got a piece of the pie.
A strong October cold front blew through the Sound overnight, dumping a half-inch of moisture across the region and ensuring that no local rain gauges woke up starved. That’s in sharp contrast to what happened on Saturday, when a round of late-day thunderstorms drenched some parts of the area, while leaving other spots largely high and dry.
The calendar may read October, but the month has started off more like mid-August, with Monday marking the fourth consecutive day of 70-plus-degree temperatures in Seattle. While some can’t get enough of the never-ending summer, others are craving the return of our typical fall rains with every bone in their body. What’s your take?
If you like your indoor and outdoor temperatures to match, you’re in luck.
At least for today.
The average high in Seattle on Sept. 19 is 70 degrees, otherwise known as room temperature—and right on cue, that’s about as warm as we’ll get this afternoon. With plenty of clouds from yesterday’s weak system still lingering over the Sound, sunshine will be in limited supply until this evening, preventing the mercury from creeping much higher.
It’s not often that a day nearly ten degrees above normal would be considered on the cool side of things.
Relative to what’s coming, though, how else to describe Thursday’s high of 84?
A mammoth ridge of high pressure bubbling up from our southeast will send temperatures soaring into the low 90s starting this weekend and continuing through much of next week, making Seattleites long for the refreshing mid-80s of yesterday.
Last year, we got hosed right out of the gate.
This year, we’ll kick off without a drop.
Summer begins early Saturday morning—at 3:51 a.m., to be precise—and unlike in 2013, there’s no big rainmaker to contend with. Instead, the day will dawn on a pleasant note, with morning clouds yielding to full-on sunshine by noon. By early evening, temperatures should warm past 70 degrees, making for a much-improved start to Seattle’s nicest season of the year.