Tag: Seattle Dry Spell
After lying dormant for two-thirds of the year, it was back to work this morning.
Roused from a months-long hibernation, local ice scrapers returned to the job today as the mercury dipped to 31 degrees in Seattle—the city’s first freeze since March 4. The chilly reading—our coldest since slumping to 29 last January—is a sign of things to come, with more frosty mornings a guarantee as winter fast approaches. All told, Seattle averages 33 days at or below freezing on an annual basis, the overwhelming majority of which fall between November and March.
In other words, the ice scrapers will be rising with the rest of us for a while.
Less than five days and over 2 inches to go.
Can Seattle reach its average January rainfall by the end of the month?
Today marks the fifth day of rain in Seattle—following a near-record stretch of 12 dry days that ended with .20 inches of precipitation last Thursday. Since the wet weather returned, we’ve logged .67 inches as of noon today—an impressive amount if it were April or June, but a ho-hum total by January’s soggy standards. Still, it’s been enough to raise the month’s rainfall tally to 3.38 inches, giving us an outside chance of matching the January average of 5.57 before the calendar flips to February.
It could have been a little warmer, but who’s complaining?
The mercury only slumped to 34 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport this morning—three below our average mid-January low, but all-around balmy in light of our recent bout with subfreezing temperatures. In fact, until yesterday morning’s low of 36, Seattle had fallen below 32 degrees every single day since Jan. 10—a unlucky stretch of 13 days.
Can’t remember the last time it rained in Seattle?
No worries—the whole city’s been in a foggy state of mind.
Chilly fog swept into the metro area once again early this morning, casting a blanket of gray from Everett to Tacoma while mountain locations basked in 45-degree sunshine. The topsy-turvy weather setup, known in the meteorology world as a temperature inversion, is being caused by a strong ridge of high pressure overhead and cold air stuck at the surface—neither of which is going away anytime soon.
13 days into the new year, and we’ve already topped the coldest temperature seen in all of 2012—twice.
After plunging to 25 degrees on Saturday morning, the thermometer at Sea-Tac Airport dipped to 24 at sunrise today, two degrees cooler than last year’s low of 26, set on a snowy Sunday in January. The chilly reading marks the most frigid temperature in Seattle since the mercury nose-dived to 19 degrees on Feb. 26, 2011—nearly two years ago.
And you thought only politicians were masters at flip-flopping.
October 2012 has pulled off an impressive about-face of its own, having gone from near-record dryness in the first third of the month to a top-five finish in the ranks of Seattle’s wettest Octobers.
Although it seems like eons ago, what with our constantly drippy skies, last month began as Seattle’s driest in 21 years, with no rainfall recorded through Oct. 11. Those first 11 days, when tacked on to the extreme dryness the region experienced in August and September, gave us our driest roughly two-and-half month period (81 days to be exact, fact-checkers) in Seattle history.
Continue Reading »