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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
1130 AM PST TUE DEC 23 2014

...2014 WESTERN WASHINGTON WEATHER YEAR IN REVIEW...

2014 WILL GO DOWN AS A WET AND RECORD WARM YEAR AS WELL AS A TRAGIC
YEAR. THERE WERE 50 WEATHER-RELATED FATALITIES CAPPED BY THE 43
INVOLVED WITH THE SR-530 SLIDE ON MARCH 22ND. THERE WERE ALSO THREE
AVALANCHE AND WIND-RELATED FATALITIES EACH AS WELL AS A RIP CURRENT
FATALITY. 19 PEOPLE WERE INJURED DURING THE YEAR AND WEATHER-RELATED
DAMAGE TOTALS THROUGH OCTOBER WERE IN EXCESS OF 64 MILLION DOLLARS.

IT WAS A RECORD WARM YEAR. WITH ABOUT A WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE END OF
THE YEAR...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT SEATAC AIRPORT WAS 55.5
DEGREES...EXCEEDING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 54.4 DEGREES IN 1995.
THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 63.1 DEGREES EXCEEDING THE RECORD
OF 62.5 DEGREES IN 1992 AND THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 47.9
DEGREES EXCEEDING THE RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE AVERAGE OF 46.7
DEGREES SET IN 1995 AND 2013.

THROUGH DECEMBER 22ND...THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY 83 DAYS ( 23 PERCENT )
WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. SINCE JULY 1ST...THE PERCENTAGE WAS
EVEN LOWER WITH ONLY 27 DAYS BELOW NORMAL ( 15 PERCENT ).

THERE WERE PLENTY OF WARM NIGHTS IN SEATTLE IN 2014. THROUGH
DECEMBER 22ND...THERE WERE 176 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 50
DEGREES OR MORE. THIS IS A NEW RECORD AND CRUSHES THE OLD RECORD OF
157 DAYS SET IN 1995.

THERE WERE 114 DAYS WITH HIGHS 70 DEGREES OR GREATER. THIS IS SECOND
MOST ON RECORD SURPASSED ONLY BY 115 DAYS IN 1992.

EIGHT OUT OF THE TWELVE MONTHS WERE IN THE TOP 10 WARMEST. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN JANUARY WAS 44.3 DEGREES (10TH)...APRIL 52.0
DEGREES (7TH)...MAY 59.1 DEGREES (5TH)...JULY 69.2 DEGREES (2ND)...
AUGUST 69.1 DEGREES (3RD)...SEPTEMBER 64.8 DEGREES (2ND)...OCTOBER
58.0 DEGREES (1ST) AND AS OF DECEMBER 22ND - 47.5 DEGREES (1ST).
ONLY FEBRUARY HAD BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

IT WAS ALSO QUITE A WET YEAR. SEATAC AIRPORT REPORTED 47.21 INCHES
FOR THE YEAR AS OF DECEMBER 22ND...THE EIGHTH WETTEST YEAR ON
RECORD. THE ALL-TIME RECORD IS 55.17 INCHES IN 1950. WITH ABOUT A
WEEK TO GO IN THE YEAR...ANOTHER INCH WOULD BE NEEDED TO EXCEED THE
7TH RANKED 48.27 INCHES ESTABLISHED IN 2012.

FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME ON RECORD...SEATAC AIRPORT PASSED ITS
ANNUAL NORMAL TOTAL FOR RAINFALL IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE ANNUAL
NORMAL OF 37.49 INCHES WAS SURPASSED ON OCTOBER 30TH THIS YEAR. THE
ONLY OTHER YEAR WAS IN 1950 WHEN THE ANNUAL NORMAL WAS SURPASSED ON
OCTOBER 23RD.

THERE WERE FIVE MONTHS THAT ENDED UP IN THE TOP 10 WETTEST ON RECORD
- FEBRUARY 6.11 INCHES (8TH)...MARCH 9.44 INCHES (1ST)...APRIL 4.18
INCHES (9TH)...MAY 3.15 INCHES (8TH) AND OCTOBER 6.75 INCHES (5TH).

IT WAS THE WETTEST FEBRUARY 1ST THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST ON RECORD...
35.17 INCHES...SHATTERING THE OLD RECORD OF 31.11 INCHES SET IN 1950.

2014 WAS ALSO THE YEAR OF LANDSLIDES. IN ADDITION TO THE SR-530
SLIDE...OTHER SIGNIFICANT EVENTS INCLUDED THE INDEX SLIDE IN
JANUARY THAT CUT OFF A NEIGHBORHOOD...AND FROM MID FEBRUARY TO EARLY
MARCH...SLIDES IN MAPLE VALLEY...AUBURN...U.S. 101 NEAR HOODSPORT...
MUKILTEO...TACOMA...DES MOINES...CONCRETE...SEDRO WOOLLEY AND
SNOQUALMIE.

THE YEAR BEGAN WITH THE NEUTRAL PHASE OF THE THREE EL NINO SIBLINGS
AND FINISHED WITH A WEAK EL NINO. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THERE WERE
BACK TO BACK NEUTRAL WINTER SEASONS SINCE THE WINTERS OF 1992-93 AND
1993-94.

THERE WERE FOUR TORNADOES IN THE STATE THIS YEAR. WASHINGTON
AVERAGES BETWEEN ONE AND TWO TORNADOES PER YEAR. THE STRONGEST
TORNADO...AN EF1...STRUCK LONGVIEW ON OCTOBER 23RD WITH NO
FATALITIES BUT CLOSE TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS DAMAGE. THE OTHER EVENTS
WERE A BRIEF WEAK EVENT IN EATONVILLE ON APRIL 27TH...A BRIEF
TOUCHDOWN ON RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN NORTHWEST OF RICHLAND ON AUGUST
13TH...AND THE WATERSPOUT OFF ANDERSON ISLAND IN SOUTH PUGET SOUND
ON OCTOBER 11TH.

BELOW IS A LIST OF THE YEARS SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENTS AND THE
RECORD TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION ESTABLISHED THUS FAR THIS
YEAR.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

TORNADOES AND WATERSPOUTS

APRIL 27 - PIERCE COUNTY - A BRIEF EF0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN
EATONVILLE.

AUGUST 13 - BENTON COUNTY - A BRIEF EF0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON
RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN NORTHWEST OF RICHLAND.

OCTOBER 11 - PIERCE COUNTY - A WATERSPOUT WAS JUST OFF ANDERSON
ISLAND FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES.

OCTOBER 23 - COWLITZ COUNTY - AN EF1 TORNADO MOVED THROUGH A PART OF
LONGVIEW WITH WINDS UP TO 110 MPH FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES CAUSING CLOSE
TO $1 MILLION DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS ALONG ITS 1.3 MILE PATH. NO
INJURIES OR FATALITIES.

LIGHTNING/THUNDERSTORMS

AUGUST 2 - KING COUNTY - LIGHTNING HIT TREES IN THE FREMONT AND
GREEN LAKE AREAS OF SEATTLE...KNOCKING POWER OUT TO ABOUT 2000
CUSTOMERS AND SPARKING A GARAGE FIRE.

AUGUST 11 - KING COUNTY - LIGHTNING STRIKES IN THE WOODINVILLE AND
REDMOND AREAS RESULTED IN MORE THAN 5000 CUSTOMERS LOSING POWER.

HAIL

NO SEVERE SIZED HAIL...1 INCH OR GREATER DIAMETER...WAS REPORTED
DURING THE YEAR ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A NUMBER OF REPORTS OF SMALL
HAIL...ICE PELLETS AND GRAUPEL OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

HIGH WINDS

JANUARY 10-11 - COAST/NORTH INTERIOR/PUGET SOUND AREA - A SERIES OF
THREE WIND EVENTS PRODUCED WINDS UP TO 55 MPH KNOCKING POWER OUT TO
ABOUT 90000 CUSTOMERS.

FEBRUARY 15-16 - COAST/NORTH INTERIOR - A STRONG STORM PRODUCED
WINDS UP TO 58 MPH.

MAY 31 - ISLAND COUNTY - STRONG WINDS UP TO 35 MPH RESULTED IN A
10-FOOT KAYAK CARRYING TWO MEN FROM THE SOUTHERN U.S. TO CAPSIZE.
THE TWO MEN DROWNED FROM HYPOTHERMIA.

OCTOBER 21 - NORTH COAST AND NORTH INTERIOR - STRONG WINDS UP TO 58
MPH HIT THIS REGION AND RESULTED IN ONE INJURY FROM A LARGE TREE
BRANCH THROUGH THE ROOF OF A HOME.

OCTOBER 25 - PUGET SOUND AREA - STRONG WINDS UP TO 61 MPH RESULTED
IN ABOUT 150000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER. THE EVERGREEN POINT
FLOATING BRIDGE CLOSED FOR A FEW HOURS THAT EVENING. A SAILOR DIED
IN THE SOUTH SOUND AREA WHEN HIS BOAT CAPSIZED. A CYCLIST WAS
INJURED BY A FALLEN BRANCH IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. DAMAGES EXCEEDED TWO
MILLION DOLLARS.

NOVEMBER 6 - NORTH INTERIOR AND PUGET SOUND AREA - STRONG WINDS UP
TO 58 MPH PRODUCED POWER OUTAGES TO ABOUT 50000 CUSTOMERS AND A HALF
MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES. A TREE FELL ONTO A VEHICLE ALONG SR-530
NEAR OSO INJURING THE MOTORIST.

NOVEMBER 14-16 - PORTIONS OF THE INTERIOR - AN STRONG OFFSHORE FLOW
EAST WIND EVENT UNDER CLEAR SKIES RESULTED IN STRONG WINDS WITH
GUSTS TO 50 MPH FOR A FEW DAYS WITH ONE NIGHT IN THE EAST PUGET
SOUND LOWLANDS...GUSTS REACHING 60 MPH. THE EVENT RESULTED IN A
NUMBER OF DOWNED TREES AND POWER OUTAGES TO ABOUT 150000
CUSTOMERS...SOME MORE THAN ONCE. DAMAGE TOTALS WERE NOT AVAILABLE
YET.

DECEMBER 11 - MUCH OF WESTERN WASHINGTON - STRONG WINDS UP TO 65 MPH
DOWNED A NUMBER OF TREES AND RESULTED IN 350000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT
POWER. A CYCLIST WAS INJURED WHEN HE ENCOUNTERED A DOWNED TREE ON A
BIKE TRAIL. DAMAGE TOTALS WERE NOT AVAILABLE YET.

WINTER STORMS

FEBRUARY 8 - PARTS OF THE PUGET SOUND AREA AND SOUTHWEST INTERIOR -
3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW FELL.

FEBRUARY 22 - FAR NORTH INTERIOR - WEAK FRASER RIVER OUTFLOW
COMBINED WITH INCOMING MOISTURE FROM A PACIFIC WEATHER SYSTEM TO
PRODUCE 2-4 INCHES OF SNOW IN WESTERN WHATCOM AND SAN JUAN COUNTIES.

NOVEMBER 29 - PARTS OF THE INTERIOR OF WESTERN WASHINGTON - A SURGE
OF COLD AIR FROM WESTERN CANADA COMBINED WITH LINGERING MOISTURE
FROM A PACIFIC WEATHER SYSTEM AND A PUGET SOUND CONVERGENCE ZONE
RESULTED IN TRACE TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE REGION.

AVALANCHE

JANUARY 18 - A CLIMBER WAS INVOLVED IN A CORNICE FAILURE RESULTING
IN A FATALITY NEAR LEWIS PEAK ALONG THE MOUNTAIN LOOP HIGHWAY.

FEBRUARY 11 - IN OSBORNES CHUTE NEAR STEVENS PASS...A SKIER AND
SNOWBOARDER TRIGGERED A SLIDE WITH BOTH BEING INJURED.

MARCH 22 - ON GRANITE MOUNTAIN NEAR SNOQUALMIE PASS...A SKIER
TRIGGERED AN AVALANCHE AND DIED.

APRIL 27 - SNOQUALMIE MOUNTAIN NEAR THE PASS...A SKIER TRIGGERED A
SLIDE AND WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED.

MAY 14 - ON MT SHUSKAN...A SKIER WAS CAUGHT IN A SLIDE AND DIED.

FLOODS/HEAVY RAIN/LANDSLIDES

JANUARY 9 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY - A LANDSLIDE OVER THE ONLY ROAD INTO A
NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR INDEX LEFT SCORES OF RESIDENTS STRANDED AND
WITHOUT POWER.

JANUARY 11 - MINOR FLOODING OCCURRED ON THE BOGACHIEL...SKOKOMISH
AND STILLAGUAMISH RIVERS FOLLOWING A HEAVY RAIN EVENT.

FEBRUARY 17-18 - HEAVY RAINFALL IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON CAUSED MINOR
FLOODING ON THE LOWER CHEHALIS...DESCHUTES...NEWAUKUM...SKOKOMISH
AND SKOOKUMCHUCK RIVERS.

FEBRUARY 19 - HEAVY RAINFALL CAUSED A LANDSLIDE THAT DAMAGED PART OF
A ROAD NEAR MAPLE VALLEY.

MARCH 2-8 - A SERIES OF LANDSLIDES DESTROYED A HOME ALONG THE WEST
VALLEY HIGHWAY NEAR PACIFIC. A ROAD WAS DAMAGED IN INDEX. OTHER
SLIDE LOCATIONS INCLUDED IN SNOQUALMIE...THURSTON COUNTY...THE WEST
VALLEY HIGHWAY IN AUBURN...MARINE VIEW DRIVE IN TACOMA...ON VASHON
ISLAND...MUKILTEO...CONCRETE...SEDRO WOOLLEY...U.S.101 NEAR
HOODSPORT AND IN DES MOINES. TOTAL DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AROUND
$200000.

MARCH 9-10 - A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN PARTS OF WESTERN
WASHINGTON PRODUCED MODERATE FLOODING ON THE SNOQUALMIE NEAR
CARNATION AND MINOR FLOODING ON THE COWLITZ AT RANDLE...GREEN AT
AUBURN...PUYALLUP NEAR ORTING...SKOKOMISH...SKYKOMISH...SNOHOMISH...
STILLAQUAMISH AND TOLT RIVERS.

MARCH 22 - SR-530 NEAR OSO - A MASSIVE LANDSLIDE WITH A DEPOSIT
DEPTH OF 15 TO 75 FEET SWEPT ACROSS THE NORTH FORK STILLAGUAMISH
RIVER WIPING OUT A NEIGHBORHOOD AND BLOCKING SR-530 FOR OVER A MILE.
THE TRAGIC EVENT RESULTED IN 43 FATALITIES...12 INJURIES AFTER
DESTROYING 37 HOMES. EVENT DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AROUND $60 MILLION.

NOVEMBER 25-30 - PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON - HEAVY RAINFALL
PRODUCED MODERATE FLOODING ALONG THE CARBON...NISQUALLY AT
NATIONAL...SKAGIT...PUYALLUP NEAR ORTING...SKYKOMISH AND SNOHOMISH
RIVERS AND MINOR FLOODING ON THE COWLITZ AT RANDLE...NOOKSACK AT
CEDARVILLE...SKOKOMISH...STILLAGUAMISH...SNOQUALMIE AND TOLT RIVERS.

MARINE INCIDENTS INCLUDING COASTAL FLOODING/HIGH SURF AND RIP
        CURRENTS

JULY 27 - CENTRAL COAST - A GROUP OF EIGHT PEOPLE FROM OUT OF STATE
WERE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT NEAR OCEAN SHORES. ALL EVENTUALLY
ESCAPED TO SHORE...BUT ONE PERSON WHO WENT BACK IN THE WATER TO HELP
OTHERS WAS SWEPT OUT TO SEA - ONE FATALITY.

HEAT/WILDFIRE

EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A RECORD WARM YEAR...THERE WERE NO EXTENDED HEAT
WAVES DURING THE YEAR. WESTERN WASHINGTON HIGH TEMPERATURES CLIMBED
INTO THE MID 90S IN SOME LOCATIONS ON THE FIRST OF JULY AND AGAIN IN
MID AUGUST. NO SIGNIFICANT WILDFIRES OCCURRED THIS YEAR EITHER.
WILDFIRES WERE CONFINED TO AREAS EAST OF THE CASCADE CREST THIS
SEASON.

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HERE ARE THE HIGH...LOW AND PRECIPITATION RECORDS THAT WERE BROKEN
DURING 2014. ENTRIES HAVE THE MONTH/DATE OF THE RECORD...WITH THE
RECORD VALUE FOLLOWING. A (T) MEANS THAT IT WAS TIED.

SEA-TAC AIRPORT...RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1945

HIGH TEMP          LOW TEMP          PRECIPITATION

05/01   85         NONE              03/08  1.27
07/01   94                           03/16  1.09
08/11   96                           03/28  0.87
09/06   90                           04/17  0.73
10/06   78(T)                        05/03  1.31
10/19   72                           05/08  0.54
11/27   58(T)                        07/23  0.76
12/05   55(T)                        08/13  0.85
12/07   58                           09/23  0.72
12/09   61                           10/22  1.26
12/10   66
12/11   58


OLYMPIA AIRPORT...RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1948

HIGH TEMP          LOW TEMP          PRECIPITATION

05/01   88         03/22   24(T)     02/17  1.23
07/01   94         11/16   16        03/08  1.77
09/06   89         11/17   18(T)     05/08  0.52
10/19   73         11/18   19        07/23  0.27
11/26   59(T)      12/02   19        08/13  0.57
11/27   58                           10/13  0.56
12/09   59(T)                        10/22  1.43
12/10   64
12/11   58(T)


QUILLAYUTE AIRPORT...RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1966

HIGH TEMP          LOW TEMP          PRECIPITATION

01/16   60         11/15   21        01/10  2.74
01/17   64         11/17   24        03/05  1.65
01/24   66         11/29   20        03/08  2.70
01/25   60         11/30   19        04/17  1.71
01/26   61         12/01   19        05/03  1.10
03/24   67         12/02   25        05/08  0.92(T)
04/30   84                           06/19  0.79
05/01   83                           10/13  1.92
05/14   83                           10/22  2.44
07/01   91(T)                        11/03  4.20
09/05   87                           12/08  2.30
09/06   89                           12/10  3.36
10/03   77(T)
12/05   57
12/07   59
12/09   57
12/10   58
12/11   55


HOQUIAM AIRPORT...RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1953

HIGH TEMP          LOW TEMP          PRECIPITATION

01/24   58         02/07   21        02/16  1.82
03/24   67(T)                        03/02  1.35
04/30   84                           04/17  0.77
05/01   80                           04/23  1.63
05/14   84                           05/03  1.21
07/01   89(T)                        05/08  1.16
09/06   87                           07/23  0.63
11/26   56                           09/23  1.30
11/27   57(T)                        10/13  1.18
12/07   56                           12/20  1.88
12/08   56
12/09   59
12/10   60
12/21   55(T)


BELLINGHAM AIRPORT...RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1949

HIGH TEMP          LOW TEMP          PRECIPITATION

04/07   68(T)      02/06   20(T)     03/02  0.62
05/01   78         02/07   20(T)     03/19  0.53
05/15   80         11/30   18(T)     04/24  1.15
07/01   84         12/01   19(T)     05/04  0.86
07/13   86                           07/23  0.72
08/26   84                           07/24  0.31
10/19   75                           08/13  0.51
11/06   63(T)                        09/02  0.53
12/08   62                           12/10  0.93
12/09   63
12/10   67
12/11   59
12/18   56(T)


SEATTLE WFO AT SANDPOINT...RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1986

HIGH TEMP          LOW TEMP          PRECIPITATION

03/05   61(T)      02/04   27        02/10  0.48
04/29   76(T)      02/05   21        02/11  0.68
05/01   86         02/06   20        02/15  0.74
05/02   69(T)      02/07   23        02/16  1.04
05/13   77         06/21   50(T)     03/05  1.43
05/14   80(T)      11/12   28        03/08  1.13
07/01   88         11/13   30        03/16  1.13
07/06   85         11/14   29        04/17  1.04
07/12   88         11/15   29        05/03  0.95
07/13   87         11/17   28(T)     05/04  0.49
07/15   85         11/18   30(T)     05/08  0.40
07/16   89         11/30   23        07/23  0.89
08/11   95         12/01   26        08/12  0.32
08/18   85         12/02   28        08/13  0.48
08/25   86                           08/30  0.26
08/26   89                           09/02  0.58
09/06   87                           09/23  0.65
09/15   87                           09/24  0.76
09/21   83                           10/22  1.39
10/04   73                           10/31  1.18
10/06   78(T)
10/13   69(T)
10/19   73
11/06   62
11/25   57
11/26   59
11/27   59
12/06   54(T)
12/08   58
12/09   61
12/10   65
12/11   57
12/15   56
12/21   55


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