Category Archives: Washington

Early 90 degrees in eastern Washington: 23 April 2012

Yakima, Hanford, and The Dalles all reported a high temperature of 90 degrees today.  At Yakima and Hanford this is the earliest date to reach 90 degrees.  The previous record for both stations had been 24 April 1977 when Hanford … Continue reading

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20 Years of Cooling at the Hanford climate station

Perhaps the most reliable rural climate record for the state of Washington is maintained 25 miles NW of Richland WA on the Hanford Reservation. Annual mean temperatures at the Hanford climate station have come full circle. At the beginning of … Continue reading

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Strong winds on Olympic Peninsula, 4 Jan 2012

Quillayute WA this morning at 4000 ft reported a wind of 79 mph from the SSW. At the same time Hurricane Ridge at 1200 feet higher (5200 ft) in the Olympics reported a wind gust of 93 mph, living up … Continue reading

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61 degrees on Washington coast, 2 Jan 2012

Unusual warmth broke out along the Washington coast this morning (2 Jan 2012) as La Push (NLPSH) watched the temperature rise from 45 to 56 F in 18 minutes from 4:18 to 4:36 PST. The temperature soon plateaued at 60-61 … Continue reading

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2011 precipitation at SeaTac Airport

December 2011 precipitation at SeaTac Airport of 2.24 inches was 38% of the 1948-2010 63-year mean of 5.86 inches. It was the 4th driest in the past 64 years. The 3 drier Decembers were 1976 with 1.86 inches, 1978 with … Continue reading

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May-June 2011 temperatures across the West

The Eagle AK coop site (1949-present) near the Yukon River has never reported a temperature below 31 F this late in June.  Yet today, the nearby Eagle AK ASOS site observed a minimum temperature of 28 F, the 1st subfreezing … Continue reading

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Cold April/May 2011 in Seattle Washington

With barely more than a week to go in April/May 2011 here is the tally of days below, near, and above normal in Seattle (KSEA): 45 – below normal 7 – near normal (-1 to +1 deg F departure) 0 … Continue reading

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1.76 inches in Yakima WA today is a wet month

Yakima with 1.76 inches in the past 18 hours alone is wetter than any May since 1948 when 2.76 inches of rain fell.  The 2nd wettest May total was 2010 with 1.46 inches.  The total so far in 2011 is … Continue reading

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Stevens Pass snow melt-out climatology

As the Stevens Pass snowpack drops to 100 inches today (13 May 2011) for the first time since 9 March it is a good time to take a look at the climatology of snowpack melt out at Stevens Pass in … Continue reading

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Cold in Seattle – mid February to mid May 2011

Over the past 87 days (nearly 3 months) going back to 15 Feb 2011 SeaTac Airport has had 75 days of below normal temperature and only 12 days above normal.  In other words 86% of the days over the past … Continue reading

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