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Seattle logs record string of 70+ degree days
NW Cable News ^ | 08/25/03 | Staff Writer

Posted on 08/25/2003 1:44:01 PM PDT by bedolido

SEATTLE - Seattle tied a record Monday for 49 straight days of temperatures of 70 degrees or higher.

Meteorologist Jeff Rood with the National Weather Service says it's "iffy" whether the record will broken. The forecast high for Tuesday is only 71 degrees and a few clouds over Sea-Tac Airport could make all the difference.

But if the string holds, the forecast is for warmer weather so those 70s days could run into September.

The old record was set in 1958 in roughly the same time period - from July 9 to Aug. 26.

Rood says Seattle temperatures have been a couple of degrees above normal this summer, but it's not that far out of the normal variation. He notes some parts of the country have been much hotter.

It's also been dry in Seattle. Precipitation at Sea-Tac since June first has totaled less than an inch - 0.89.

The driest June through August was 0.84 in 1987. Records at the airport go back to 1945. Taking a look at record from the Federal Building in downtown Seattle, which started in 1891, the driest June through August was 0.65 in 1919.


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It amazes me that such a beautiful area can achieve such a normal (for most other US cities) temperature record. Guess Seattle wouldn't be so beautiful without all the rain... but 49 days of 70+ weather is a sad record.
1 posted on 08/25/2003 1:44:01 PM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido
Sh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!!!!! Now you'll have everybody moving here.

For the record it rains every day. We don't tan, we rust. The state tree is a fungus.

(Jeez, bedolido, what are you trying to do?!!)

2 posted on 08/25/2003 1:47:49 PM PDT by Publius
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To: bedolido
I bicycle commute to downtown Seattle. This little fact has not been lost on me. It nas been spectacular! Just this morning, I came out of the showers in Wamu Tower and looked at the blue sky and the golden sunlight iluminating the glass and granite of the "an roll on building" and said to myself, "Our culture really is a beautifully gold plated garbage can." Except for the garbage can part, it was truly wonderful, and a thing I have enjoyed for, what, 49 days now.

If it weren't for the politics, Seattle would be next to perfect.
3 posted on 08/25/2003 1:48:43 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: Publius
Oh no! Now I have GUILT!

My bad. It was downtown SAN FRANCISCO I was really talking about. Yeah, that's the ticket.
4 posted on 08/25/2003 1:49:41 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: Publius
I'm from Portland and understand. My brother and his wife live in Tacoma and other relatives live in Bellevue and Olympia... They tell me Seattle gets 36" of rain a year (like Portland).
5 posted on 08/25/2003 1:49:59 PM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: bedolido
I thought we get around 110" a year? (Seattle Region)
6 posted on 08/25/2003 1:52:59 PM PDT by cmsgop (If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle,...Be a Sweetie and Wipe the Seatie......)
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To: bedolido
I live near Dallas, TX. I think we have had more than 49 days in which the temperature has not gotten below 70 degrees. Probably hasn't been below 80 degrees very manydays .
7 posted on 08/25/2003 1:55:27 PM PDT by Charliehorse
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To: bedolido
I remember THAT sumemr of 1958.....and, yes, I have web feet.
8 posted on 08/25/2003 1:56:07 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Vote Democrat ....... pay for our drugs, travel, and total retirement life! Ha hahaha ...fools.)
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To: cmsgop

9 posted on 08/25/2003 1:57:55 PM PDT by cmsgop (If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle,...Be a Sweetie and Wipe the Seatie......)
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To: cmsgop
I thought we get around 110" a year? (Seattle Region)

Is Seattle Really The Rain Capital Of The World?

quote: "Seattle's 37 inches" (out of context, however, check out site.

10 posted on 08/25/2003 2:01:25 PM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: RobRoy
What floor are you on in WAMU? My office is on the 17th floor of the Seattle Tower across the street. Our balcony looks out at the WAMU.
11 posted on 08/25/2003 2:02:02 PM PDT by angry elephant
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To: bedolido
Is this 70 degree celcius. If not, what's wrong with "70 degrees?" I think that's a verrrry comfortable temperature.
12 posted on 08/25/2003 2:03:17 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Publius
You mean it isn't raining outside today? I haven't taken off my rainjacket in 4 years.
13 posted on 08/25/2003 2:05:15 PM PDT by lelio
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To: bedolido
AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Global warming!!! Run for your lives!!!!!!!!!!!!

(sorry, couldn't pass it up)

Hb
14 posted on 08/25/2003 2:08:46 PM PDT by Hoverbug (whadda ya mean, "we don't get parachutes"!?!)
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To: Cobra64
Is this 70 degree celcius. If not, what's wrong with "70 degrees?" I think that's a verrrry comfortable temperature.

It's an excellant temp. Nice that Seattle can know what it's like to have good weather :)

15 posted on 08/25/2003 2:08:58 PM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: bedolido
Perfect weather. The best summer vacation I ever had was in the PNW.
16 posted on 08/25/2003 2:09:34 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: Publius
Correct. It's awful here.

And the place is crawling with liberals. They are everywhere. You can't eat a bowl of rice with chopsticks without one popping right out of the bowl to accuse you of denuding a rainforest.

We have scary volcanoes and earthquakes too. We drink expensive coffee, and when we do, our breath smells bad.

Never come here. OK, come here, spend some dough, and then go.
17 posted on 08/25/2003 2:13:20 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs
You can't eat a bowl of rice with chopsticks without one popping right out of the bowl to accuse you of denuding a rainforest.

The last time one popped out of a bowl of rice, I chomped into him. You know what they say: "Liberals, the other white meat."

18 posted on 08/25/2003 2:15:58 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius
I lived in Bothell the year, 1998, we had 110 days straight of measurable rain, which broke the then record. It stopped for one day and started again for like another 50, to my best recollection....

Man you folks over there must really be getting your monies worth from your fans this year. Are the news stations still doing live reports from the department stores about the shortage of fans. I think they do that story every year for the one "hot" week a year....

Try living over here on real "eastside" of the state and not on the east side of Lake Washington!

19 posted on 08/25/2003 2:17:22 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Publius; bedolido
Sh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!!!!! Now you'll have everybody moving here.
For the record it rains every day. We don't tan, we rust. The state tree is a fungus.
(Jeez, bedolido, what are you trying to do?!!)

Not only that, there are our absolutely gorgeous Seattle winters -- commuting for hours and hours at 5 MPH (when you're moving at all) in the interminable dark rain, never seeing daylight unless you step outside, never seeing the sun for months at a stretch.

And there's the spectacular variety of precipitation to enjoy. Most places just have "rain," but in Seattle we get to enjoy and discern the differences between mist, sprinkle, drip, drizzle, rain, shower, downpour and more, all coming with various combinations of the modifiers "light", "intermittent", "heavy", "times of" and more.

And once a while a "sun-break."

20 posted on 08/25/2003 2:19:43 PM PDT by Eala (Annoy PETA -- go on the Atkins diet.)
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To: Publius
Yea, and we had smog. Yea. That's it. Lot's of smog. So thick you couldn't see the muggers, see?
And plagues of locusts. and frogs fallin from the trees.
Better go to Portland. It's MUCH nicer there......
21 posted on 08/25/2003 2:21:52 PM PDT by rockrr
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To: Eala
And don't forget the one major snowfall we have every two years or so where nothing moves because nobody knows how to drive on snow.
22 posted on 08/25/2003 2:22:46 PM PDT by Publius
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To: bedolido
People in Seattle are a bit goofy about the weather. When the temperature reaches 80 degrees on a summer day, it's the top story on the local news, and when there's a flake of snow in the winter, the TV reporters fan out all over the countryside looking for snowflake #2.
23 posted on 08/25/2003 2:23:27 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle (uo)
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To: Eala
mist, sprinkle, drip, drizzle, rain, shower, downpour

Don't forget freezing rain and black ice.

24 posted on 08/25/2003 2:23:28 PM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: angry elephant
Actually, I'm in the Ban Roll On building on the SouthWest corner of 2nd and Seneca. I'm only willing to give this info "publicly" because my contract ends this Friday. My 3 month contract became 2 years...

Which one is the Seattle Tower?
25 posted on 08/25/2003 2:25:53 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: rockrr
Better go to Portland. It's MUCH nicer there.....

Yes Portland... the San Francisco of the Northwest. Where they ask men if they've had breast implants as a normal doctor's office admitance form.

26 posted on 08/25/2003 2:26:15 PM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: bedolido
Despite the weather, there are lots of nice things to see in Seattle: Vancouver, Victoria, and the San Juans.
27 posted on 08/25/2003 2:29:00 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle (uo)
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To: shotgun
And how about 1993? We were house-sitting a friend's house in Kirkland; we couldn't mow the lawn until August because it was perpetually underwater. (We thought about taking a picture in swimsuit, snorkel and lawnmower to send them...) Summer was a bit shorter than usual that year -- two weeks as I recall.

And of course it arrived just in time for the big PNW Highland Games -- heat and changes in humidity are death on bagpipes.

28 posted on 08/25/2003 2:29:09 PM PDT by Eala (Annoy PETA -- go on the Atkins diet.)
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To: shotgun
I'm from Moses Lake. I know what you mean. Over there it's not the heat that makes it uncomfortable, it's the wind.
29 posted on 08/25/2003 2:29:10 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: bedolido
Don't forget freezing rain and black ice.

And freezing fog...

Did any else notice that the morning fogs started earlier this year?

30 posted on 08/25/2003 2:31:30 PM PDT by Eala (Annoy PETA -- go on the Atkins diet.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
my wife and I are planning a vaction in Victoria sometime soon. I love the Seattle and Portland areas. If it wasn't for Boise and my church... I'd move back to Portland.
31 posted on 08/25/2003 2:31:36 PM PDT by bedolido (My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.)
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To: bedolido
Fear not Seattle people you can contemplate this while paying the new 10 cent tax on espresso coffee.
32 posted on 08/25/2003 2:36:56 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Eala
We moved over in April of 1997 and I was going to fertilize the lawn. Well like everyone else in the Tri-Cities you buy a bag of hi-nitrogen 33-0-3 and spread it. I read the bag and it said don't water for 24 hours so I check the weather and of course it was going to rain the next day so I applied it. Of course that is the one week that the temp hit in the high 80's and my water pressure at my house was only 20psi do to a bad service line, that my yard actually burnt up and I finally had to re sod it to get it to grow.

Our neighbors would actually come out and ask if we "were okay" on the "hot" days because we would be out working around the house. Once we cut down an over grown snowball tree in our backyard and it was literally blocking out about 3000 square feet of possible sunlight, they came running out asking what happened because the nice shady corner was now bathed in sunlight and it would kill their plants that were intolerant to sun light!!

33 posted on 08/25/2003 2:41:27 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Eala
We moved over in April of 1997 and I was going to fertilize the lawn. Well like everyone else in the Tri-Cities you buy a bag of hi-nitrogen 33-0-3 and spread it. I read the bag and it said don't water for 24 hours so I check the weather and of course it was going to rain the next day so I applied it. Of course that is the one week that the temp hit in the high 80's and my water pressure at my house was only 20psi do to a bad service line, that my yard actually burnt up and I finally had to re sod it to get it to grow.

Our neighbors would actually come out and ask if we "were okay" on the "hot" days because we would be out working around the house. Once we cut down an over grown snowball tree in our backyard and it was literally blocking out about 3000 square feet of possible sunlight, they came running out asking what happened because the nice shady corner was now bathed in sunlight and it would kill their plants that were intolerant to sun light!!

34 posted on 08/25/2003 2:41:30 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Publius
"You know what they say: "Liberals, the other white meat.""

Yeah, but when you clean'em you'd better be sure to remove the odor and poison glands, and even then I'd expect to catch "mad cow disease" from their spongified brains.

35 posted on 08/25/2003 2:41:41 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: bedolido
Man, I am roasting here in Northgate (north Seattle) today. Got the balcony door open and the mini-fan on next to the computer. The sky is so bright blue I've had to draw the curtain next to my desk to cut down on the glare.

Personally, I am sick of all this sun. I want the clouds, I want the mist, I want to be able to take a walk w/o it being 80 degrees outside. I want to go outside w/o my stupid little sun hat.

Also, unlike the east coast where people know how to deal w/heat, the Seattlites are like the French - not an air conditioner to be found. I couldn't even buy one because my relatively new apartment complex isn't wired for the increased load of A/C.

The university offices aren't air conditioned, the buses don't have air, what the heck is wrong w/these people???

I moved here for the rain and misery. Wha' happened???
36 posted on 08/25/2003 2:41:56 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: RobRoy
We now live in West Richland, but I commute to Sunnyside, the cow$%*@ capitol of the state!! WHEW WEE!! it stinks here.
37 posted on 08/25/2003 2:43:54 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: xp38
>>Fear not Seattle people you can contemplate this while paying the new 10 cent tax on espresso coffee. <<


Baseball permanently lost my business after the first strike. Seattle area Starbucks, et-al will likewise lose my biz when the tax goes into effect. I know it's not their bad, but it's where it will get the most attention.
38 posted on 08/25/2003 2:46:29 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: xp38
Fear not Seattle people you can contemplate this while paying the new 10 cent tax on espresso coffee.

Haha. I know people who were against any show of force in Iraq but will friggin' kill you if you raise the price of their latte.

39 posted on 08/25/2003 2:46:51 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: bedolido
Beautiful place, awful people

(Freepers excepted, of course.)

B.C.

(Born and raised in Seattle. Happy resident of Fargo, ND. Never Going Back if I can help it....)
40 posted on 08/25/2003 2:47:34 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (This Islamo-fascism has been brought to you by Saudi Arabia!)
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To: radiohead
You must have visited on the real nice days and suckered in...

I have always said that a Seattlite best friend is their travel agent. People can only take som much 54 degrees, rain and overcast that they have got to get out of town for awhile.

41 posted on 08/25/2003 2:47:57 PM PDT by shotgun (Staying cool in the air conditioned Eastside of the state!)
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To: Eala
...but in Seattle we get to enjoy and discern the differences between mist, sprinkle, drip, drizzle, rain, shower, downpour and more...

Yep. I moved here in 2001. Learned that umbrellas were for sissies. I have a light coat w/a hood and a heavy coat w/a hood. I don't need no stinkin' umbrella.

I was catalog shopping for some coats yesterday (some girls like shoes, I like coats...) and all I could think of was - this will smell when it gets wet, this won't hold up to the rain, this is nice - does it have a hood...

42 posted on 08/25/2003 2:52:22 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: shotgun
I have always said that a Seattlite best friend is their travel agent. People can only take som much 54 degrees, rain and overcast that they have got to get out of town for awhile.

I've had my times (90 days without any sun is too long), but I've never taken a trip to get away from the climate for a while. Maybe it's the Scottish blood; toured Scotland one cold, drippy October and everywhere they apologized for the lousy weather. We just kept telling them, "Hey, we're from Seattle and it's just like home!"

43 posted on 08/25/2003 2:54:24 PM PDT by Eala (Annoy PETA -- go on the Atkins diet.)
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To: Libertina
Ping. New Puget Sound FReeper Chapter material.
44 posted on 08/25/2003 2:54:36 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius
Don't forget to mention that our state gastropod, the banana slug, is ravenously carnivorous.
45 posted on 08/25/2003 2:57:02 PM PDT by djf
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To: Eala
You sound like my good friend Mr. Morgan who still lives there. He loved to talk about his scottish heritage. If you have frequented the Highland events over there and play the pipes you probably know him. He looks like Santa Claus....

I was raised in Vancouver, USA (Washington) and moved overhere in 1978. When we moved to Bothell we could never get used to the weather. We actually did more when we went there to visit than we did after we moved there. It was always so depressing that we just decided to stay home once we fought all the traffic....

Except when we went to Husky Football games that is. Football the way it was meant to be played...

46 posted on 08/25/2003 3:03:04 PM PDT by shotgun (Staying cool in the air conditioned Eastside of the state!)
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To: shotgun
I came up for a school visitation weekend in March. It was about 40/50 degrees maybe. The previous week I had visited Madison, WI. It was probably 10 degrees w/snow on the ground.

While I had recently spent 2 years in Ann Arbor and knew what winter was, at that time I was living in DC and had not missed winter too much. Madison was a shock and needless to say, Seattle won hands down. Personally, I can do w/o the sun everyday.
47 posted on 08/25/2003 3:03:13 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: bedolido
This beautiful summer is almost up and I dread the coming darkness.

I have lived in the SW Washington/Portland, OR. area for 7 years and have yet to be conditioned to all the rain.

And of course when I say rain I mean 7 or 8 months of perpetual drizzle broken by the occasional freezing rain or downpour.

I would trade it, but the money is good.
48 posted on 08/25/2003 3:03:25 PM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (SELECT * FROM users WHERE clue > 0 ................................................. 0 rows returned)
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To: djf
Don't forget to mention that our state gastropod, the banana slug, is ravenously carnivorous.

We have banana slugs here? Where??? (I remember seeing them often enough in the Santa Cruz mountains -- never saw the Zayante humpbacked slug, though.) All I've seen here range from jet black to a yellow-brown, some with leopard spots.

49 posted on 08/25/2003 3:05:29 PM PDT by Eala (Annoy PETA -- go on the Atkins diet.)
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To: Eala
Gut them, soak them in vinegar to remove the slime, and then deep fry them. M-m-m-m, good.
50 posted on 08/25/2003 3:06:43 PM PDT by Publius
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