Archive for September, 2012

Recent Months Among Seattle’s Driest

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 30, 2012 9:43 pm by 0 Comments
Recent Months Among Seattle’s Driest

We’re second only to the Summer of Love.

Not since the days of Haight-Ashbury and psychedelic rock has Seattle been this dry from July to September. With a paltry .03 inches of precipitation in the last 30 days, our three-month rainfall total now stands at 1.07 inches—the second-driest July 1-Sept. 30 period on record. Only the infamous summer of 1967 had less rain, with just 0.97 inches falling at Sea-Tac from July through September.

Of course, 1967 went on to record over an inch of rain in the first three days of October alone. 45 years later, we’ll be lucky to even manage a sprinkle or two. (We’ve barely seen more than that these past two months, with Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2012 now officially Seattle’s driest combined August/September.)
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Golden Times in the Emerald City

Filed in Sun Posted on September 26, 2012 4:04 pm by 0 Comments
Golden Times in the Emerald City

Things keep coming up golden in Seattle this week.

First, the Seahawks beat the Packers Monday night on a controversial touchdown catch by aptly named wide receiver Golden Tate. And now, the weekend weather forecast has gone from gloomy to golden—as in sunny and 70 degrees.

That, and we’ll also see plenty of golden sunshine tomorrow.

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Lots of Sun, Little Rain

Filed in Sun Posted on September 23, 2012 7:38 pm by 0 Comments
Lots of Sun, Little Rain

The rain gauge at Sea-Tac must be getting pretty bored.

In the past two months, the airport has measured just .03 inches, all of it falling in the last two weeks. What’s more, on the three occasions that measurable rainfall has made its way into the gauge, the amount has been the exact same—.01 inches.

You’ve really got to pity that poor gauge—even when it’s managed to rain, variety has been non-existent.
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The New Normal

Filed in Clouds Posted on September 20, 2012 9:23 pm by 4 Comments
The New Normal

70 degrees is no longer normal in Seattle.

Today marks the first day since June 13 where the average high temperature is below 70—with 69 degrees the normal high for Sept. 20. Right on cue, after a week with readings in the 70s and 80s, the mercury dropped back to more seasonable levels today, with Sea-Tac topping out at 67 degrees.

Similar temperatures are in store tomorrow, with highs struggling to reach the upper 60s after another round of chilly morning fog. Late in the afternoon, we’ll warm up as sunshine takes hold, but until then, expect gray skies and temperatures only in the 50s.
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Driest September Out of Reach

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 16, 2012 8:31 pm by 2 Comments
Driest September Out of Reach

Whether or not it rains again this month is anyone’s guess.

One thing’s for certain, however—September won’t end as Seattle’s driest.

Our chances for the driest September on record actually went out the window a week ago, when that streak-busting .01 inches of rain landed in the gauge at Sea-Tac. That’s because the most parched Septembers in Seattle—1991 and 1975—picked up only a trace of rain from start to finish. (Sound familiar, August 2012?)
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Long Dry Streaks No Stranger to Portland

Filed in Weather Records Posted on September 14, 2012 3:21 pm by 0 Comments
Long Dry Streaks No Stranger to Portland

Going a month and a half without rain was a big deal for Seattle, but for Portland—which saw its dry streak end Monday at 51 days—it didn’t mean as much.

Since it was only good enough for eighth place on the list of longest dry spells in the city.

When it comes to rain-free periods in the Northwest, there’s no question: Portland owns Seattle, and then some. Case in point: Portland’s longest stretch of days without measurable precipitation is 71—a whopping 20 days greater than our all-time record of 51. Second place on the Rose City’s list? 62 days—two weeks longer than our just-concluded 48-day drought.
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