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Old 12-05-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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Default Sunniest place in Western WA?

I know western Washington is, on the whole, a pretty rainy and wet place, but I was wondering what the 'sunniest' place in western WA is? Now I realize that the word 'sunniest' is a relative term as it applies to this area of the country, but in all your opinions where would you say gets the most sunshine and least rain, west of the Cascades?
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Coeur d'Alene Idaho
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I know western Washington is, on the whole, a pretty rainy and wet place, but I was wondering what the 'sunniest' place in western WA is? Now I realize that the word 'sunniest' is a relative term as it applies to this area of the country, but in all your opinions where would you say gets the most sunshine and least rain, west of the Cascades?
It seems if you live just east of the cascades in the 'desert' area they get a lot of hot dry sun because the mountains break the clould cover. As the weather continues east it has time to build back up and form rain, snow, etc. Spokane is a really nice area so I would look into that.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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San Juan Islands and Sequim. They are in the banana belt in the shadow of the Olympics. Less than 1/2 the rain in Seattle.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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As has been mentioned here multiple times previously, when one is speaking of western WA, less rain does not necessarily equate to more sunshine...
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:12 PM
 
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This thread was done several months ago, but yes, the driest area of Western WA is the Sequim area just west of Port Townsend.

As mentioned, doesn't necesarrilly mean more sunshine, but it is the driest. The San Juans probably get the most sun in W. Washington. I believe Longview/Kelso could compete with the most sunshine in W. WA during the winter. But we are talking about minor differences here.
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