…2015 WESTERN WASHINGTON WEATHER YEAR IN REVIEW…
FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW IT WAS A RECORD WARM YEAR. WITH ABOUT A WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR [when this reported was created]…THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT SEATAC AIRPORT WAS 55.8 DEGREES…EXCEEDING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 55.0 DEGREES SET JUST LAST YEAR.
THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 63.5 DEGREES EXCEEDING THE RECORD OF 62.5 DEGREES SET IN 2014 AND 1992. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 48.0 DEGREES EXCEEDING THE RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE AVERAGE OF 47.5 DEGREES SET JUST LAST YEAR.
THERE WERE FOUR MONTHS THAT SET RECORDS FOR THE WARMEST MONTH:
FEBRUARY 48.8 DEGREES…OLD RECORD 48.7 IN 1977
MARCH 50.5 DEGREES…OLD RECORD 50.3 IN 1992
JUNE 67.7 DEGREES…OLD RECORD 64.9 DEGREES IN 1992
JULY 71.2 DEGREES…OLD RECORD 69.5 IN 2009
THERE WERE FOUR OTHER MONTHS THAT ENDED UP IN THE TOP 5 WARMEST:
JANUARY 45.1 DEGREES (5TH)
MAY 59.1 DEGREES (5TH)
AUGUST 68.7 DEGREES (4TH)
OCTOBER 57.2 DEGREES (2ND)
WITH THE WARM SUMMER…RECORDS AT SEATAC WERE SET FOR THE MOST NUMBER OF DAYS OF:
90 DEGREES PLUS…12…OLD RECORD 9 FROM 1958
85 DEGREES PLUS…26…OLD RECORD 22 FROM 2014
80 DEGREES PLUS…51…OLD RECORD 47 FROM 1958
70 DEGREES PLUS…116…OLD RECORD 115 FROM 1992
THE YEAR WAS DRY UNTIL THE FINAL FEW MONTHS. THROUGH DECEMBER 22ND…THIS MONTH AT SEATAC AIRPORT HAD A TOTAL OF 10.24 INCHES MAKING IT CURRENTLY THE SECOND WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE WETTEST DECEMBER WAS SET IN 1979 WITH 11.85 INCHES. IN ADDITION…THIS DECEMBER IS ALSO CURRENTLY THE 8TH WETTEST OF ANY MONTH ON RECORD. THE WETTEST MONTH WAS SET IN NOVEMBER 2006 WITH 15.63 INCHES.
HERE ARE THE HIGH…LOW AND PRECIPITATION RECORDS THAT WERE BROKEN DURING 2015.
ENTRIES HAVE THE MONTH/DATE OF THE RECORD…WITH THE RECORD VALUE FOLLOWING. A T MEANS THAT IT WAS TIED.
OLYMPIA AIRPORT…RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1948
– “Climate Change 2015: The Latest Science”
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