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For Those Who Think It Rains All the Time in Washington State (Seattle)

I hear so many talk about how it rains "all the time" here in the Pacific Northwest. They speak about how "gloomy" it is, and all the various jokes that are told about living in our area. I really that people need to get their facts straight. It is 6:00 p.m. as I write this, and the outside temperature is currently 89F/32C.

The 10-day forecast for highs in my area is 83F/28C to 91F/33C, with no clouds in site. That means the night temperatures will be from 57F/14C to 63F/17C, which do not get that low until the wee hours of the morning.

I, for one, do not like it this hot. I moved up here because the temperatures were so mild, averaging in the summers 64-68F/17-20C in July.

For the last 10 days in June, we have averaged 3 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than our average, without rain. It is straw-like dry and will be problematic this weekend with the 4th of July festivities.

We are all ready for some rain up here, but it could be a long time before we see some relief in sight.

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AliCanary wrote on July 2, 2015, 3:39 AM

Seattle is actually a pretty dry spot, at only 36 inches average rainfall per year (as opposed to, say, Hoboken, New Jersey, which gets almost 50 inches), but there are almost a dozen cities in Oregon that average 120 inches or more. That's TEN FEET of rain per year. Don't act like the Pacific Northwest is the Sahara, now!

CoralLevang wrote on July 2, 2015, 8:03 AM

Yeah, but who catches the bum rap all the time? Seattle! LOL

And it feels like the freakin' Sahara! We've had a lot of fires lately around here. :(

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 2, 2015, 10:52 AM

Things have changed since I was stationed at Ft Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord) back in the early 1980s. My first year there we had 270 days of measurable rainfall. I do remember July of 1983 when it didn't rain for a month and all the plants were dying. Then, when it did rain, there was a run on gopher wood. Personally, I loved the Seattle-Tacoma area.

CoralLevang wrote on July 2, 2015, 11:05 AM

I was stationed at Sandpoint NS in Seattle from 1985 to 1987, lived in housing at Paine Field. I moved back to Tacoma from Guam in 1992. Just moved out to Silverdale two years ago September. I teach at the bases and have many hours there at JBLM, though most of my time is now here in Kitsap.

AliCanary wrote on July 2, 2015, 1:30 PM

Was that Friends show set in Seattle? I never watched that. I wondered if they showed it raining all the time. I know "Frasier" was set in Seattle, and they mentioned rain, but I don't remember it being a regular narrative. London also gets a bad rap for being rainy.