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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Seattle WA
400 PM PDT MON JUL 18 2016

...Where`s Summer?...

Many in western Washington are asking - Where`s Summer? Seattle`s
last 80 degree day was on June 27th. Since then, the Pacific
Northwest has been under the influence of lower pressure aloft with
a mix of clouds and sunshine while much of the rest of the lower 48
has had higher pressure aloft and warmer than average temperatures.

Believe it or not, this summer`s weather thus far has been spot on
average. Following two straight years of record warmth in 2014 and
2015, this summer feels cool. Yet this summer has had average
temperatures thus far.

April, May and June all had above average temperatures. At SeaTac
Airport, April was 6.4 degrees above average, May 3.8 degrees above
the norm, and June 2.6 degrees above. Through July 17th, the month
has been right on average. For precipitation, April and May were
about 50 percent of average while June came in just two tenths of an
inch above average. This month has been just under average.

An average summer in Seattle has three days in the 90s and 25 days
in the 80s. Thus far this year, there has been one day in the 90s -
93 degrees on June 5th, and 16 days of 80 or better. This month thus
far has failed to crack the 80 degree mark. For mid-July, average
high temperatures run in the mid-70s.

Will warmer summer weather with more sunshine return? The current
weather pattern looks to begin to break down late this week with
higher pressure aloft ans warmer weather in store next week.

The latest seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service`s
Climate Prediction Center (CPC) through September offers increased
odds on warmer than average temperatures and tips the odds toward
lower than average precipitation. So with nine weeks of summer left,
there should be more warm sunshine ahead in the next few months. Yet
for some in western Washington, this average summer has been just
right. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


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