“2014 weather review: Seattle had warmest year in decades”
“This past year will go down as the warmest on record at Sea-Tac Airport (whose records go back to 1945) by both average annual temperature (55.0 degrees, besting 1995’s 54.4 degrees) and by annual average low temperature (a blowout win– 47.5 degrees; record was 46.7 set last year and in 1995.) We’ll also tie the record for warmest year by average high temperature (62.5, also set in 1992.)”
Eight of the 12 months were among the Top 10 warmest by average temperature, six of which were Top 5 and both October and December were the warmest on record. (The other months: January (10th warmest), April (7th), May (5th), July (2nd), August (3rd), and September (2nd).) The summer overall was the second-warmest on record, a bit warmer than 2013’s summer, buoyed by a whopping 45 days at 80 or warmer — just two off the record. We did tie the record for number of 85+ degree days at 22.
There were 176 days with a low temperature at 50 degrees or warmer, smashing the old record of 157 days set in 1995, and there were 114 days with a high temperature of 70 degrees or warmer, second most on record behind 115 set in 1992.
Seattle finished up at 48.50″ of rain for the year; 5th wettest on record and 11″ above normal (37.49 inches.) Seattle reached its annual average rainfall before Halloween — Oct. 30 this year. Only the second time it’s been before Halloween — only other time was 1950 when it was done on Oct. 23.
There were 5 months that were among Top 10 wettest: February (6.11″ — 8th), March (9.44″ — 1st), April (4.18″ – 9th), May (3.15″, 8th”) and October (6.75″, 5th). And perhaps more impressive, February and March were so wet it set cascading records through the year for wettest February to (fill in the blank) month. Seattle had the wettest February-March, Feb-April, Feb-May, Feb-June all the way to February to October (35.17″) breaking that old record of 31.11 set in 1950,” by Scott Sistek, KOMO-TV News 4 in Seattle.