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The only extreme years/seasons that repeat themselves regularly these days (and are expected to) are the very warm ones. The summers of 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 all were extreme and fairly similar from an anomaly standpoint. Kind of like having four 1955 or 1983 warm seasons in the same five year period.

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Looking pretty good for the WA Cascades and the Olympics.

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Home Wx Station Stats (Since January 2008):

Max Temp: 96.3F (2009)   Min Temp: 2.0F (2008)   Max Wind Gust: 45 mph (2018, 2021)   Wettest Day: 2.43 (2012)   Avg Yearly Precip: 37"   10yr Avg Snow: 6.9"

Snowfall Totals

'08-09: 30" | '09-10: 0.5" | '10-11: 21" | '11-12: 9.5" | '12-13: 0.2" | '13-14: 6.2" | '14-15: 0.0" | '15-16: 0.25"| '16-17: 8.0" | '17-18: 0.9"| '18-19: 11.5" | '19-20: 11" 

2020-21: 10.5" (2/10: Tr, 2/12: 0.5" , 2/13: 8.5", 2/14: 1.5")

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From Scott Sistek's Seattle winter stats. Been a really tough winter (compounded by covid) for those of us that like the sun. 0 "sunny days" in 2021 thus far...

December: 20 days overcast (>=80% cloud cover); 7 Partly Cloudy (40-70%); 4 Sunny (<=30%) Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 76.5%
January: 25 days overcast. 6 days partly cloudy. 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 82.9%
February: 25 days overcast; 3 days partly cloudy; 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 88.6%

Overall winter daytime cloud cover: 82.4%

https://komonews.com/weather/scotts-weather-blog/winter-at-least-the-meteorological-version-is-over-and-it-was-quite-memorable

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7 minutes ago, JW8 said:

From Scott Sistek's Seattle winter stats. Been a really tough winter (compounded by covid) for those of us that like the sun. 0 "sunny days" in 2021 thus far...

December: 20 days overcast (>=80% cloud cover); 7 Partly Cloudy (40-70%); 4 Sunny (<=30%) Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 76.5%
January: 25 days overcast. 6 days partly cloudy. 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 82.9%
February: 25 days overcast; 3 days partly cloudy; 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 88.6%

Overall winter daytime cloud cover: 82.4%

https://komonews.com/weather/scotts-weather-blog/winter-at-least-the-meteorological-version-is-over-and-it-was-quite-memorable

I remember the last three winters being the previous “least sunny on record”. 🤣
 

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Friday still looks sort of wet... but now Saturday is looking pretty nice with dry weather and highs close to 60 per the 12Z ECMWF.

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28 minutes ago, Skagit Weather said:

Looking pretty good for the WA Cascades and the Olympics.

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I never noticed those maps extend the mountains to Randy's house on the Snohomish/Skagit County line and basically right into Tacoma.

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Everett Snowfall

 

2018-19: 24.75"

2019-20: 10.5"

 

1/10: 0.5"

1/12: 5.5"

1/13: 1"

1/14: 1.5"

1/15: 2"

 

 

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Just now, bainbridgekid said:

I never noticed those maps extend the mountains to Randy's house on the Snohomish/Skagit County line and basically right into Tacoma.

I think it represents watershed areas... not snowfall for the entire area.

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3 minutes ago, bainbridgekid said:

I never noticed those maps extend the mountains to Randy's house on the Snohomish/Skagit County line and basically right into Tacoma.

Those are river basins, not mountains. I would imagine it’s the mouth of the Stilliguamish or Skagit near Randy and the mouth of the Puyallup near Tacoma.

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Just now, Jesse said:

Those are river basins, not mountains. I would imagine it’s the mouth of the Stilliguamish or Skagit near Randy and the mouth of the Puyallup near Tacoma.

I'm in the blue!!! It is exactly. That map almost perfectly lines up where the Puyallup dumps into the sound. Just off by 10ish miles

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8 minutes ago, Jesse said:

Those are river basins, not mountains. I would imagine it’s the mouth of the Stilliguamish or Skagit near Randy and the mouth of the Puyallup near Tacoma.

 

9 minutes ago, TT-SEA said:

I think it represents watershed areas... not snowfall for the entire area.

That makes perfect sense. I was thinking it was odd they would go to the trouble to draw such detailed outlines that were so inaccurate.

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Everett Snowfall

 

2018-19: 24.75"

2019-20: 10.5"

 

1/10: 0.5"

1/12: 5.5"

1/13: 1"

1/14: 1.5"

1/15: 2"

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Jesse said:

I remember the last three winters being the previous “least sunny on record”. 🤣
 

I think it’s been more than just the last three. Recall the same claims going back to at least 2014. 

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27 minutes ago, JW8 said:

From Scott Sistek's Seattle winter stats. Been a really tough winter (compounded by covid) for those of us that like the sun. 0 "sunny days" in 2021 thus far...

December: 20 days overcast (>=80% cloud cover); 7 Partly Cloudy (40-70%); 4 Sunny (<=30%) Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 76.5%
January: 25 days overcast. 6 days partly cloudy. 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 82.9%
February: 25 days overcast; 3 days partly cloudy; 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 88.6%

Overall winter daytime cloud cover: 82.4%

https://komonews.com/weather/scotts-weather-blog/winter-at-least-the-meteorological-version-is-over-and-it-was-quite-memorable

To those why enjoy sunny weather, maybe don’t live in the cloudiest climate in the US?

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1 minute ago, Phil said:

To those why enjoy sunny weather, maybe don’t live in the cloudiest climate in the US?

Quite an oversimplification there :). Same can be said for the majority of folks here who love snow in their backyard...?

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1 minute ago, Phil said:

To those why enjoy sunny weather, maybe don’t live in the cloudiest climate in the US?

Sort of like your current location and the annual summer humidity rants.    
————>   Move 

I would bet the Alaskan panhandle is a cloudier climate 

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24 minutes ago, Jesse said:

The 12z Euro was sort of trash with the weekend system. Here’s hoping the EPS is better.

Good news is the EURO has been total garbage all winter. Did you hear what President Biden said?! America is BACK!

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 12.0"                        2020-21: 52.02"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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37 minutes ago, ShawniganLake said:

Sort of like your current location and the annual summer humidity rants.    
————>   Move 

I would bet the Alaskan panhandle is a cloudier climate 

If I had the choice.. 😩

Some day.

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1 hour ago, JW8 said:

From Scott Sistek's Seattle winter stats. Been a really tough winter (compounded by covid) for those of us that like the sun. 0 "sunny days" in 2021 thus far...

December: 20 days overcast (>=80% cloud cover); 7 Partly Cloudy (40-70%); 4 Sunny (<=30%) Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 76.5%
January: 25 days overcast. 6 days partly cloudy. 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 82.9%
February: 25 days overcast; 3 days partly cloudy; 0 days sunny. Average Daytime Cloud Cover: 88.6%

Overall winter daytime cloud cover: 82.4%

https://komonews.com/weather/scotts-weather-blog/winter-at-least-the-meteorological-version-is-over-and-it-was-quite-memorable

Eh, could have been cloudier. We had to many sunny days in December. 

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3 minutes ago, SouthHillFrosty said:

Eh, could have been cloudier. We had to many sunny days in December. 

I was going to say I remember a lot of sunny days the first half of December.

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9 minutes ago, Phil said:

If I had the choice.. 😩

Some day.

Wait a minute here... you mean that you hate something that is a significant part of your climo but moving is complicated and complaining is easier??

Interesting!   I wonder if other people feel the same way?  

I hear lots of complaints on here all winter about our climate and people's desires to move to a snowier and colder location.   

I dislike parts of April-June here.   It takes way too long for summer to start.   Spring and early summer are harder for me to take than anything in the fall and winter.    But we all have our preferences and some of them don't match our location.   First world problems! 

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Leaving for orcas in 3 hours right after I get off of work. Should be up there around 10 tonight. Weather looks fairly dry while I’m up there hopefully we can manage one or two nice sunsets but not sure how cloudy it’ll be. 

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Warm Season Stats

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Monthly Rainfall-0.39”

Warm Season Rainfall-0.39”

Warmest high temp-66

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14 minutes ago, TacomaWaWx said:

Leaving for orcas in 3 hours right after I get off of work. Should be up there around 10 tonight. Weather looks fairly dry while I’m up there hopefully we can manage one or two nice sunsets but not sure how cloudy it’ll be. 

Are you camping up there?

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14 minutes ago, TacomaWaWx said:

Leaving for orcas in 3 hours right after I get off of work. Should be up there around 10 tonight. Weather looks fairly dry while I’m up there hopefully we can manage one or two nice sunsets but not sure how cloudy it’ll be. 

Have fun! It has been on our list for a while, and how much you have been talking about it lately has made me want to see it more. We recently made reservations to camp at Moran state park the last weekend of March.

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Just now, SouthHillFrosty said:

Are you camping up there?

No staying at a hotel...I probably would have camped if I knew it was going to be dry the whole time. Couldn’t really tell though since the models were kind of in flux until a couple days ago regarding early this week. 

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Warm Season Stats

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Monthly Rainfall-0.39”

Warm Season Rainfall-0.39”

Warmest high temp-66

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1 minute ago, Jesse said:

Have fun! It has been on our list for a while, and how much you have been talking about it lately has made me want to see it more. We recently made reservations to camp at Moran state park the last weekend of March.

That’s awesome! Good chance with the cooler than normal conditions coming up there might be some snow up on the mountain. Best places to go are obviously in the park....top of the mountain and the lakes are awesome. Obstruction beach park is also pretty cool. Eastsound is also great the beaches on the north and south side have amazing views. Lots of hiking and cool stuff to do in Moran park overall. 

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Warm Season Stats

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Monthly Rainfall-0.39”

Warm Season Rainfall-0.39”

Warmest high temp-66

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If you ever go to the island make sure you also reserve your ferry trip there and back. During this time of year there’s usually plenty of space to roll up if you haven’t reserved but it’s always good to be safe and not left on the island. 

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Warm Season Stats

+80s-0

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+90s-0

Monthly Rainfall-0.39”

Warm Season Rainfall-0.39”

Warmest high temp-66

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1 minute ago, TacomaWaWx said:

If you ever go to the island make sure you also reserve your ferry trip there and back. During this time of year there’s usually plenty of space to roll up if you haven’t reserved but it’s always good to be safe and not left on the island. 

That was the second thing we did after reserving the spot in the state park. Have had some close calls with the ferries before and reserving well in advance is definitely the best way to go.

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1 minute ago, Jesse said:

That was the second thing we did after reserving the spot in the state park. Have had some close calls with the ferries before and reserving well in advance is definitely the best way to go.

The ferry rides in are usually pretty awesome too. Takes about an hour and it’s beautiful. 

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Warm Season Stats

+80s-0

+85s-0

+90s-0

Monthly Rainfall-0.39”

Warm Season Rainfall-0.39”

Warmest high temp-66

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40 minutes ago, MossMan said:

It’s not sunny here. Good news is my snow pile made it to March! However it now looks as pathetic as Matt’s pile. 

Mine didn’t.😟

Although its unexplained disappearance did reveal some extremely early/late/right-on-time signs of life!🥰

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4 minutes ago, Jesse said:

Wow. I don’t think I even heard you say that during the snowstorm.

Those were wonderful days too. This is just a different kind of wonderful day.

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9 minutes ago, Jesse said:

Wow. I don’t think I even heard you say that during the snowstorm.

Must.  Defend.  Our.  Climatology.  

It so important how people feel.  

 

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CFS agrees with the GFS. Definitely a couple of MOAT's on this run. 

 

What is a MOAT you may ask? 

Mother

Of 

All

Troughs

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Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 12.0"                        2020-21: 52.02"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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Last remnant of a once great snowbank that was as tall as me at its peak.     It was lucky enough to be piled in a shady spot prolonging it's life.

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Just now, Jesse said:

Safe to assume the rest of the week will be in the 60s I suppose.

#Niñaspring 🥶 

Isn’t tomorrow supposed to be quite a bit cooler. 

Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 12.0"                        2020-21: 52.02"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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It'd be cool if someone did a "Snow, cold, and wind events of March" post. I was looking around and there are a few posts about 1951, but they're a bit old and with a narrow focus. I could start taking these reference posts and put them together in a forum wiki for future reference.

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3 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Isn’t tomorrow supposed to be quite a bit cooler. 

Pity party pooper.

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2 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Isn’t tomorrow supposed to be quite a bit cooler. 

Not so much down there... ECMWF says it will be just a couple degrees cooler.   Much cooler up here though with more clouds.     Of course from Everett northward its cloudy today too.    They are missing out on this blessing of a day.  

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10 minutes ago, Jesse said:

Trying really hard to remember the last day that high temps didn’t wildly overachieve.

February 12

Snowfall                                  Precip

2020-21: 12.0"                        2020-21: 52.02"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

 

It's always sunny at Winters Hill! 

 

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