Call it the calm after the storm.
In the wake of a strong Puget Sound Convergence Zone that stalled over the Seattle area last night, swamping some spots with half an inch of rain, partly to mostly sunny skies have settled in across the region. With no wet weather expected until Tuesday, sunshine will be the rule of thumb for the next 36 hours, with temperatures rising well into the 50s tomorrow.
But first, it’s going to get cold.
What month is it again?
The high temperature at Sea-Tac Airport climbed to 75 degrees today—a reading typical for late August, not early October. In fact, today’s high—12 degrees above the average of 63—was so unusually balmy that it matched the all-time record high for the day (Seattle also hit 75 on Oct. 7 in 2000 and 1951).
The record-tying mark comes in the midst of what’s been a rather warm beginning to October—the high temperature in the first week of the month has been above 70 four out of seven times, with all but one day topping out above average. The trend will continue on Monday, with 70-degree readings expected for a fourth consecutive day.
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.
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.
Las Vegas may get 30 inches less rain a year than Seattle, but as of late, they don’t hold a candle to us when it comes to dry weather.
That’s because while the heavens have poured forth from Sin City recently, it’s remained completely dry in Seattle for the past 31 days. As in, we haven’t recorded any measurable rainfall since July 22—an entire month.
Contrast that with Vegas, which was pummeled with 1.65 inches of rain in a strong thunderstorm yesterday, bringing the city’s 31-day rainfall total to 2.34 inches. A vast majority of that has fallen over the past two days, thanks to monsoonal moisture pouring into the area from the Gulf of Mexico.
Summer’s finally getting serious.
For the past two weeks, we’ve been teased with glimpses of summer weather—a sunny day here, a warm day there—but by and large, it’s stayed cool and wet around Puget Sound. That all changes tomorrow, as a string of sunny and progressively warmer days begins.
Mother Nature is trying to make amends.
After bringing us weather more befitting for March at the start of June—in the form of heavy rain and temperatures in the 50s—she’s set on kicking off summer with, well, summer-like weather. As in sunshine and highs in the 70s.
We just have to get through another day of clouds and rain before the reparations begin.
We’re about to go 4-for-4, Seattle. You know, bat a thousand.
No rain is expected this coming Saturday, meaning that all four Saturdays in May will go down in the books as completely moisture-free. Think about that for a moment. Nary a drop in the rain bucket, on Saturdays, in May, in Seattle.
See you again tomorrow.
After yet another round of afternoon sunshine, clouds have filled in across much of Western Washington, touching off some showers in the Seattle-Tacoma area. As we head into the overnight hours, the showers will slowly taper off, but the clouds will remain in place. Temperatures will fall into the upper 40s.
We’ll have to wait another day.
A persistent northerly breeze helped to keep temperatures in check today, preventing Seattle from recording its first 80-degree day of the year. Under ample sunshine, the high temperature at Sea-Tac still soared to 78—14 degrees above normal—but you had to go south of Tacoma to experience the 80s. (Olympia made it to 82, while Portland climbed all the way to 87.)