273 Days And Counting…


June 23, 2010 by esarsea

Today we enter our 273rd day without reaching 75 degrees here in the Pacific Northwest. It hasn’t been cold per se, just a steady stream of overcast skies and moderate temperatures with frequent rain showers. It’s an all-time record according to this article in the Seattle PI.

We’ve passed the Summer Solstice, and our warmest day in nearly 300 days is room temperature? Welcome to the Pacific Northwest.

I’ve heard through the years that we have the highest (or one of the highest) rates of both alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis here. I have not researched this, and I don’t have any stats to support that statement – but I believe it’s accurate. I’ve often wondered if it was related to a lack of exposure to the sun.

As a Washingtonian born and raised, I’m used to it (the weather, that is). I actually enjoy the rain most of the time…but this is getting old.

7 thoughts on “273 Days And Counting…

  1. torqdog says:

    Yeah, the western U.S. as a whole has been much cooler than normal for some time now. After having some of the coldest temps on record here this winter (-15), this spring has been non -existent here in Nevada. It even snowed here in Carson the friday before Memorial weekend as Viv and I were packing to head off on our 1st camping trip. Seemed like every week another cold storm would drop out of the Gulf of Alaska and set up shop in our neck of the woods.

    It’s finally supposed to warm up and we may see our first 90 degree temp by Sunday. You too should benefit from this building high pressure system.

  2. Stu says:

    I guess all I had to do was complain! We actually hit 77 yesterday; the streak is over. Today they say our high is supposed to be 71. We’ll see.

  3. Adam says:

    Just guessing, but I bet the volcano eruption in Iceland had something to do with our late arrival of summer-like weather.

  4. Stu says:

    You may have something there – I had not thought of that. Good guess!

  5. Da Goddess says:

    Could someone please send cooler weather to Vegas?

    (Being in Portland is almost a relief at the moment, but honestly…I’m a bit chilled and accidentally left my fleece in the car.)

  6. Bill says:

    No prob here in the Land O’ Zion. 94 degrees yesterday, low, low humidity, like a drying oven.

    You just never really know what might affect the weather. Just returned from Oahu and the nightly forecasts on tv had nothing to do with what would happen the next day. Funny enough, there is no “rain” in Hawaii, just “showers.” No wind, just “breezes.” Kind of a Tourist and Visitor’s Office play on words, while I was watching the “breeze” blow palm fronds off the trees and 10 minute downpours soaking the golfers where we stayed.

    Another interesting factoid about things you don’t consider: Military snipers take the earth’s freaking rotation into consideration on targets over a certain distance. At long distances, it can change the trajectory of a bullet up to 3 inches! That’s how far the planet rotates while the bullet travels through the air. Depends on which hemisphere and is independent of the normal considerations for humidity, air temp, wind, etc.

  7. Bill says:

    And, on Oahu, there’s something called “Vog,” a mist consisting of water-vapor fog and volcanic fumes and particulate that blow over from the Big Island. Burns your throat, eyes, etc. I expected a light misty-looking occurance when it was forecast and instead it came in the form of a complete overcast, almost all day long, like one of your rainy-days in the NW.

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