La Nina is over, but is there reason to celebrate?on May 3, 2012 @ 1:43 pm (Updated: 9:01 pm - 5/3/12 )
The National Weather Service pronounced the two- year La Nina finished on Thursday, but we in the great Pacific Northwest need to know what exactly that means. After all, hasn't it seemed like the worshippers of Seattle summers have been dealt a tough couple of years?
"In terms of La Nina or El Nino cycle, it means we're in a neutral pattern and that means by itself it's not presenting really any tendency for above average temperatures or precipitation or below average temperatures or precipitation," explained KING-5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner.
In other words, we'll have a normal summer to look forward to, but what is normal?
Ted Buehner, with the National Weather Service in Seattle, was kind enough to list off our typical temps and rainfall statistics:
"We have over 80 days of 70 degrees or better, we have 23 days of 80 or better, we have three days of 90 or better."
As for rain, Buehner said we usually get less than an inch of rain in July and August, and June and September are around an inch and a half.
Well guess what Ted, we never even officially hit 90 degrees last summer, according to the NWS charts! In 2010, we reached 90 six times.
We don't blame Buehner or Renner, and it might just be people in the Northwest are hungry for sun because we were spoiled in 2009. Remember that summer? Buehner reminded us.
"On July 29, we had that all time record high of 103. (We had an) average high of 81 that month. It wasn't a record breaker, but it was one of our warmest summers since 1967."
Not only that, but it was 87 degrees on Independence Day.
Before you get your flip flops out the closet, let's not forget that there's still a base of 89" of snow at the Summit at Snoqualmie, 108" at Stevens Pass, and 92" at Crystal. It is only the first week in May.
Instead, congratulate yourself on surviving La Nina 2011- 2012 where we had a very rare, as Buehner said, long period of freezing rain in January, a snow storm, and major power outages. And then hold out hope for a dry, sunny Fourth of July because we deserve it.
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