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Old 07-28-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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Hello,

What are the down cast days of Seattle areas like? Just in the morning and then clears up in the afternoon, like in the coastal area of Ca? Or is it solidly dark for the whole day and days in a roll?

Which areas tend to have only the morning half day cloudy and then clears up in the afternoon? Which areas tend to rain a lot?

Thanks!
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:00 PM
 
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In the summer, the grey can clear up. However, for most of the year, the grey can stretch unabated for weeks on end.

I like it.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Do you mean "overcast"? What the previous poster wrote is quite accuratel about western Washington. There is one place called Sequim (pronounced SKWIM; not in Seattle) where the clouds are whiter and brighter than in most other places in western WA. But to live there it might be a good idea to be rither a farmer or a retired person.

One of the great gifts of western Washington is all the complex greenery. That requires rain. Rain requires clouds. We're quite a lot farther north than coastal California, with different temperatures, different mountain and land configurations, and very different ocean winds. So we have lots of cloudiness most of the year, and most of the cloudiness lasts most or all of the day, often for weeks at a stretch. I love it.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:25 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Seattle & western washington are contrasts in summer / winter.

In the summer, you can have whole weeks where there's nothing in the sky at all ... perfectly blue. Further, typically it's only about 75 deg F for the high with perfect humidity. Honestly there's nowhere else I'd rather be for awesome summer weather. Note that if you look at the current forecast for Seattle it's blazing hot, but that is normal too for 1-2 weeks, but then it cools down.

In the winter, starting in early October, you can have weeks of just overcast skies and drizzle. It simply doesn't clear up and that leads many people to take Vitamin D supplements, or get seasonally adjusted depression disorder.

I would say the only times when it is cloudy in the morning then clears up is the transition months of May and September.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Hello,

What are the down cast days of Seattle areas like? Just in the morning and then clears up in the afternoon, like in the coastal area of Ca? Or is it solidly dark for the whole day and days in a roll?

Which areas tend to have only the morning half day cloudy and then clears up in the afternoon? Which areas tend to rain a lot?

Thanks!

Well, I know the conditions you're speaking of, and we do sometimes get them (where it's overcast/foggy in the morning and burns off by noon) - but as others have mentioned, it's cooler here than in SoCal and the sun is less intense so it's often harder for it to burn off the low clouds, resulting in less of that situation than in SoCal. It DOES happen, it just happens less reliably. In fact, the one weather situation that happens around here (and irritates me to no end) is when the forecast calls for sunny and warm but the overnight clouds roll in and remain stubbornly fixed in place - not evaporating until 3-4 PM (by which time the vast bulk of the day is already gone). To avoid this situation, choose an area further from the water - like one of the further out Eastside communities for example, which are nestled in the foothills.

Hope this helps,

Ken
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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Thanks a lot to all of you.

Is there any difference between the area on the side by the ocean (e.g. Mangolia) or the area by the lake (e.g. Matthews Beach)?

It seems that further north, e.g. near Arlington, they say that the overcast tends to be gone by the afternoons. Why is that?

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Old 07-29-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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No. No difference. Magnolia is not near the Pacific Ocean; it's near Puget Sound, which is quite different from the ocean. All areas around Lake Washington are only a stone's throw from Magnolia and Puget Sound. They all have the same climate.

As stated by previous posters, some cloudiness dissapates during the afternoon -- sometimes. That occurs in Arlington and in many, many other places in western Washington. Sometimes but not predictably. Arlington is quite a distance north of Seattle and closer to the Cascade Mountains. There are minor differences in day-to-day weather between the two areas, but basically no difference in overall climate.

Western Washington is predictably cloudy for nine months of the year.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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My husband works downtown and we live in Sammamish (Eastside). He will often see the sun in the winter on days when we are in total cloud cover and drizzle.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:33 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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There is a confluence which occurs just north of the city limits. It's fate that caused that, but a main result of that is in the winter months many times storms and big cloud cover will go past the Olympic mountains, get diverted past the city and merge with air traveling north along the cascades. The result is even in Everett I'll see clouds and dreariness but in Seattle, sunny.

Of course, doesn't always happen this way, and Seattle is still pretty overcast, but it is an interesting phenomenon.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:15 PM
 
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I admire the persistence of the original poster! If you find the one secret area in Seattle that isn't dark and rainy from October (depending on the year) to June (also varies from yr to yr) than please send me a pm.
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