Tag: Pacific Northwest Rainfall
Hope you took a good look outside at the raindrops this morning.
They were probably the last ones we’ll see this year.
After a long, drippy weekend, a cold front moved through Western Washington earlier today, bringing a final smattering of rain to the area ahead of what promises to be a lengthy stretch of dry weather. With high pressure seizing control for the next several days, precipitation will be scarce to nonexistent, ending 2013 the way it began—on a dry note.
You almost don’t need a coat.
Cloudy skies and warmer air from the west have propelled temperatures north of the 50-degree mark for just the second time this month, with Seattle reaching 52 degrees earlier this afternoon. It’s been equally balmy elsewhere, with 53-degree readings in both Tacoma and Renton, while Whidbey Island also hit 52 and Bellingham cracked 50.
The deck was already stacked against us to begin with.
Heading into the holiday respite, Seattle’s numbers weren’t pretty: 10 Memorial Day weekends since 2000 had featured rain on at least one of the days from Friday to Monday.
Make that 11.
What goes up must come down.
Two weeks after skyrocketing to a chart-topping 87, the mercury plunged in the opposite direction yesterday, peaking at just 52 degrees—the coldest high temperature ever observed in Seattle on May 22.
Previously, the record for the day belonged to 1984, when a soaking 0.67 inches of rain held the high to 54—but we slipped a few degrees lower Wednesday, thanks to a cold upper level low and some damp skies of our own. In fact, Seattle logged slightly over half an inch of rain yesterday, with the bulk falling during the morning—allowing us to keep a lid on temperatures for a good chunk of the day.
You’d think, being a mom and all, that Mother Nature would have arranged for our sunny spell to extend through Sunday.
Unfortunately, with rain returning this weekend, a dry Mother’s Day isn’t in the cards.
Guess she figures Seattle moms have been spoiled enough recently?
Undeniably, it’s been a fantastic start to May across the region, with nary a raindrop recorded in the gauge at Sea-Tac Airport through the first eight—soon to be nine—days of the month. In addition, temperatures have surged above normal every day since May began, with even the foggiest of mornings—ahem, today—seeing ample sunshine by the afternoon. Boosted by Monday’s record-setting high of 87, the month is currently running close to 8 degrees above average—more on par with summer than spring.
We’re overdue, and then some.
Seattle hasn’t reached into the 60s since April 3, instead spending most of the month shivering under overcast skies and unrelenting rain. Fortunately, a change for the better is in the works, with sunshine and much warmer temperatures just around the bend.