Why is it so wet in Seattle?

Why is it so wet in Seattle?

The Rainy Season in Seattle The reason for this type of weather is because Seattle is located on the Pacific Ocean's shore. The moisture from the Pacific arrives as vapor, but as it reaches the highlands, the chilly air condenses it into raindrops. When there are clouds in the sky, the rain falls down as droplets instead of sheets of water.

Also, due to its location near an ocean, Seattle experiences more precipitation (rain and snow) than most other cities its size. In fact, during winter months, it can snow almost every day. The city does not have a frosting problem like some other cities because it gets cold enough for that. Just be sure to check the forecast before you go out!

During summer, the sun is out more often which makes the temperature rise quickly. When the temperature rises too fast, the moisture in the air can turn into a storm cloud, producing heavy rains or thunderstorms.

Finally, don't be surprised if you see some rainy days in Seattle. During the winter, we usually have several days where it snows first and then rains later in the week. Since snow melts when it receives sunlight and rain washes it away, this creates a pattern where you will find more and more areas of exposed soil after each rainstorm.

Is Seattle's weather really that bad?

Seattle has a reputation for gloomy, dismal weather all year, but it's not as horrible as people make it out to be. Autumn and winter are colder and wetter than spring and summer, which have plenty of sunshine and dry days—sometimes as early as February. However, the Pacific Ocean keeps the city relatively cool, so even in the coldest months there are usually only two or three days when the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

The rain factor doesn't help either because most of the city is covered by trees or buildings, so there's very little exposure to the sun. High winds are also common in the mountains surrounding the city where many homes were destroyed in wildfires in 1997 and 2004. In fact, Washington State University scientists determined that Seattle experiences its highest levels of air pollution on windy days when emissions from local sources and from across the state are spread far and wide.

Still, there are times when the sky does darken and the snow does fall, especially in the mountains west of the city. There have been years when autumn in Seattle has had a Halloween vibe with scores of zombies wandering around downtown, but that's probably more apparent in big cities like New York and Los Angeles. People just like the idea of gloomy, dismal weather.

Is it true that it always rains in Seattle?

Seattle receives 38 inches of rain on average over 156 days of the year, with temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit most of the time, depending on the season. Rain is generally expected during the fall and spring seasons, with summer being relatively dry.

The city does get hit with its share of storms, including hurricanes that skirt the coast, but they are not common. In fact, only 26 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since 1851, with 12 of them happening within the last 100 years. Of those, seven have struck Washington state. The most damage occurs when hurricanes move inland or stay close to the coastline. Flooding and high winds are the main concerns when these storms approach or pass by.

It may seem like it rains constantly in Seattle, but this is not the case. If you live in an area that doesn't drain well, such as near a lake or river, you will likely experience some form of flooding once every few years. These floods can cause a lot of damage to homes and businesses, especially if the storm was intense enough to cause major wind damage too.

Flooding is one of the biggest dangers that come with living in a coastal community, which is why it's important to know how to protect yourself and your family before a storm strikes.

About Article Author

Steven Vanhampler

Steven Vanhampler is an environmental scientist with a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Science. Steven has worked for many years as a researcher, consultant, and professor of ecology. He has published his work in leading academic journals such as Nature Communications, Science Advances, the American Journal of Botany, and more.


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