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Old 04-10-2008, 11:40 PM
 
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They are only 75 miles apart...
Sequim only gets 16 in. of rain a year~the fewest in the State
Forks gets 140 in. of rain a year~ the most in the State and
4x the amount of Seattle????
That is amazing!
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Sequim only gets 16 in. of rain a year~the fewest in the State
Not quite true, the Tri-Cities area in eastern Washington on average receives about 7" of rain a year.
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:53 AM
 
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The amazing thing to me is how driving around the Sequim - Port Townsend area is even though it only gets 16-20" of rain there, it looks like it gets a lot more. If no one told you you'd think you were in a really rainy area. One of the many neat aspects of our great state!
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Here take a look at this:

http://www.ocs.orst.edu/pub/maps/Precipitation/Total/States/WA/wa.gif (broken link)

The above link is for Washington state and shows the rainfall superimposed over the map. Note however that you can look at the rainfal charts of any state by replacing the state abbreviations.

Below is a link for Arizona for comparison. Note that the area of southern Arizona along the county borders that gets about the same rainfall as Sequim. I have property in that precise area.

http://www.ocs.orst.edu/pub/maps/Precipitation/Total/States/AZ/az.gif (broken link)

Note that the color scales are NOT the same.

Ken

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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PS - it is of course no coincidence that the areas with the highest and lowest rainfall in Western Washington are so close together. The areas are linked by cause and effect. Sequim is so very dry because the windward slopes of the Olympics near Forks are so very wet. By the time the air moves over the Olympics and down the other side to Sequim, there is almost no moisture left in it as it was all wrung out on the way up and over those mountains (hence Forks being so wet).

Ken
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:16 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... The areas are linked by cause and effect. Sequim is so very dry because the windward slopes of the Olympics near Forks are so very wet. By the time the air moves over the Olympics and down the other side to Sequim, there is almost no moisture left in it as it was all wrung out on the way up and over those mountains (hence Forks being so wet).

Ken
This is very true and common when Mtns, wind, and prevailing storm directions are concerned.

Our Colorado area near mtns was so temperate that I rode my bicycle to work all but 5 days the last year I lived there. 15 miles away was a different story.

Our WA area has 5 distinct climate zones in the 7 miles we travel from town. Elevation and wind make a huge difference in the Columbia Gorge, where all the High pressure from ID, Eastern WA, & OR must exit BEFORE the Low pressure (wet) storm can move in.

I'm gonna sell this joint to a weather watcher, as we are frequently between the clouds, lower layer screaming towards the west, and upper layer rumbling inland (East). Sometimes the lower clouds are going so fast they can't get around Crown Point (Vista house) FRIENDS of VISTA HOUSE - Crown Point State Park, Corbett, Oregon
so the clouds go up and over, (very entertaining, sometimes I just sit all day and watch the weather... ) We get a lot of freezing rain, so it is often a good idea to stay home (Whole house gets coated, then it is very warm, but tough to see out !)
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Cashmere, WA
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Sequim only gets 16 in. of rain a year~the fewest in the State
Not quite true. South of Quincy and east of the Columbia River is an area known as Royal Slope. This area receives the least rainfall in the entire state: 2 inches per year. You perhaps meant to say that Sequim receives the least amount of rain in the Western part of the state.
And actually the wettest area is the Hoh Rain Forest on the Peninsula with 200+ inches of rain per year.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Pasco, WA
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Not quite true. South of Quincy and east of the Columbia River is an area known as Royal Slope. This area receives the least rainfall in the entire state: 2 inches per year. You perhaps meant to say that Sequim receives the least amount of rain in the Western part of the state.
And actually the wettest area is the Hoh Rain Forest on the Peninsula with 200+ inches of rain per year.
Spot on, could not agree with you more
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Washington State. Not Seattle.
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They are only 75 miles apart...
Sequim only gets 16 in. of rain a year~the fewest in the State
Forks gets 140 in. of rain a year~ the most in the State and
4x the amount of Seattle????
That is amazing!
Just noticed this thread. It still amazes me how many people who live in Western Washington don't even realize that Eastern Washington exists.

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