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View Poll Results: How would you rate the climate of Tatoosh Island?
A 1 4.76%
B 2 9.52%
C 6 28.57%
D 9 42.86%
F 3 14.29%
Voters: 21. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-12-2023, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Another thing to consider not shown in the data is how windy the Washington coast is. Anyone who has been to the coast here knows what I'm talking about...doesn't matter if it's summer or winter...the coast is cold, windy, and often overcast. There is no beach culture here like there is on the east coast for good reason.
Yeah, the coast can even get hurricane-force wind gusts during extratropical storms. Tatoosh Island had a peak gust of 86 mph in the 2007 Great Coastal Gale, and back in 1940 one storm even brought sustained hurricane-force winds with a gust to 99!
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Old 12-30-2023, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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As someone who lives in Seattle, I think that Seattle summers are warm and comfortable, with temps in the 70s and even 80s but Tatoosh island doesn't get true summers in my opinion. Their summers have similar temps to our springs.

The same could be said about Seattle, but there's not enough snow/cold in the winter for my liking. And the record lows are pathetic

Part of me likes cool, mild beach weather though. I like the feeling of a cool sea breeze and even light rain is refreshing. So this climate isn't terrible but it sure isn't great.
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Old 12-30-2023, 09:33 PM
 
Location: East Coast USA
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It's the low sun hours in the cold season that make the Pacific Northwest tough to take for me. Plus, much above 40 latitude the winter sun does little to warm you up.
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Old 12-31-2023, 09:19 AM
 
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Serious? - I've seen people with sunburn here in winter, and pretty much any calm winter day is warm enough to either seek shade, or remove a layer, at lunchtime.
I've lived in western Washington for going on 8 years now and I'll say pretty much the only time it's sunny in the winter months are on the especially cold days below freezing which isn't that much. Looking at the 10 day forecast right now it's just overcast/raining everyday with highs in the 40s and lows in 30s which is the typical winter weather here.
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Old 12-31-2023, 09:36 AM
 
Location: East Coast USA
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I've lived in western Washington for going on 8 years now and I'll say pretty much the only time it's sunny in the winter months are on the especially cold days below freezing which isn't that much. Looking at the 10 day forecast right now it's just overcast/raining everyday with highs in the 40s and lows in 30s which is the typical winter weather here.
I guess that's the trade off in higher latitude oceanic climates.

Winters and summers are mild (for the latitude), for example Montreal has a mean January temp of -9.7 C (15 F) while Seattle is 6 C (42 F). The nearby ocean keeps the really cold air (and deep heat of summer) to manageable levels, but the frequent storms and fronts in the roaring 40's and furious 50's create frequent cloudy conditions. I once read that the Gulf Of Alaska from November through April has more low pressure systems than anywhere on Earth at that time. Of course we know where 95% of the lows head for.

Still summers are nice, I was in Portland for an entire August and temps were perfect for outside activity.
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Old 12-31-2023, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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Serious? - I've seen people with sunburn here in winter, and pretty much any calm winter day is warm enough to either seek shade, or remove a layer, at lunchtime.
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Yes - I've spent some time in Seattle during winter, and it seemed like it rained often, without get a lot of rain.

Certainly different to my oceanic climate in winter, where rains tends to be heavy, with the sun not far behind - still quite a strong sun here during winter, although I am nearly ten degrees closer to the equator.
Joe, it seems like whenever the topic of Seattle is raised you lose all sense of reason. Either that or perhaps you had too much champagne last night.

When I was in NZ in winter nobody was seeking shade from the sun. Indeed, the sun was sought after rather than avoided--although I share the concern for sunburn.

And 47 minus 41 equals 6. So if 6 is nearly 10 then it's fair to say that Sydney is nearly 10 degrees warmer than Motueka, a conclusion you likely take issue with.
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Old 12-31-2023, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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I would say any sunny day here without wind, has a warm enough sun by midday that it's easy to take a layer off, or nicer in the shade - obviously not going to apply to windy or wet weather. Maybe your few weeks in NZ didn't have much settled weather?

Have seen sunburn a number of times during winter, under periods of prolonged high pressure.

Lol! - I had it in my mind that Seattle was at 49°.

No champers for me last night - was on the mushies and homemade ginger wine .... feeling 115% this morning.
I'll be there in June. Not where you are exactly but in Waikato. I'll let you know.

Happy New Year!
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Old 12-31-2023, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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Summers are too cool. I want highs of at least 20C for a few months (ideally more than a few).
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Old 01-03-2024, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Summer on Tatoosh Island is not much warmer than our Winter here in Auckland, must be the cold sea temperatures there.
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Old 01-03-2024, 05:17 AM
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Location: In yo head
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I'd say D+. Reminds me of North Scotland.
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