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Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer weather in Seattle area

Mt. Rainier with a view of Myrtle Falls just and hour and half drive from Tacoma.
For years I have been telling folks that the best summer weather in the USA is the the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Turns out, I'm right.  Out of the whole nation Seattle is ranked as the best place to spend a summer (Portland, Oregon is #2.) Cliff Mass is a professor at the University of Washington who studies weather and also reports on it for our local PBS station. Here is a post from his blog about the summer weather in the Seattle area.  After you read it, get out your planning books and plan a vacation to the Pacific NW for this or next summer.

Cliff Mass Weather Blog

May I summarize:

  • low humidity
  • few thunderstorms
  • little or no rain, we are dry here in the summer
  • cool evenings, even if the day is hot, temperatures drop at night
  • twilight, plenty of time to do things in the evenings after work 
  • Pacific Ocean has a moderating effect, even if it gets hot these spells never last for long
  • close proximity to other climes: Washington Coast (cool) and over the Cascade Range to Central Washington (hot and dry)

Commencement Bay, part of the Puget Sound. There is a miles long walk, perfect for a summer evening.
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3 comments:

  1. I used to live in Seattle and it was gorgeous. We were just outside Puget Sound.

    I live in FL now but my hubby and I keep talking about making a trip out there one day soon.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  2. We lived in Seattle for a year- almost twenty years ago. The winter was not too bad and the summer was heavenly. It's a beautiful place!
    Happy blogoversary!

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  3. You do live in a wonderful area, I'd say it's second only to Santa Barbara :-). Actually, we don't get enough rain so you have the edge on that one.

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