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Western Washington broke several weather records in 2022!

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2022 was a record-breaking year for weather in western Washington

From the hottest and driest summer to an ice storm in the winter, 2022 will go down in the history books.

From KING-5 TV News, Seattle:

Western Washington saw a variety of weather in 2022, breaking records throughout the year. 

Here’s a look back at some of the milestones.

Spring was overall wet and cold. April of 2022 was the third coldest and 10th wettest April on record statewide.

Summer shattered records and will go down in history as the warmest and driest summer on record.

Between June 21 and Sept. 21, Sea-Tac recorded 0.5 inch of rain. The average is 2.98” during that time frame, making it the driest summer yet.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport observed a record 13 days at 90 degrees or warmer during the same time frame. Plus, Sea-Tac hit 90 degrees or warmer six days in a row, making that the longest 90-degree or warmer stretch yet.

The hot and dry trend carried into fall, with October ranking as the warmest October since records began in 1895 for the state of Washington as a whole. The average temperature was 6.6 degrees warmer than the 1991-2020 normal.

October 16, when the average daily high temperature at Sea-Tac is 60 degrees, the airport hit 88 degrees, breaking the daily record of 72 degrees and becoming the latest 80-degree day or warmer for the calendar year ever.

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Snoqualmie Pass had the highest snowfall in 20 years by January 3, with 236 inches recorded. The previous records were 229 inches in 2007 and 212 inches in 2004. The four main passes closed for multiple days starting January 6.

Posted by Steve on January 5, 2023 at 7:09 am | Permalink

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