Friday, February 8, 2013

January in Seattle

Lincoln Park January 2013

Kerry Park January 2013

Thuja plicata on Queen Anne Hill January 2013

Seattle Center January 2013

Liquidambar styraciflua in Wedgwood January 2013

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January 2013 in Seattle was significantly colder & drier than normal.  The mean temperature was 38.2F/3.44C.  The normal mean temperature is 42F/5.55C.  The highest temperature was 53F/11.66C on 1/8, the lowest was 24F/-4.44C on 1/13.  Total precipitation was 4.16 inches.  Normal precipitation is 5.57 inches.  There was 1 day with heavy rain, 2 days with rain, 17 days with light rain, 1 day with light snow, 25 days with fog, 11 days of fog with visibility at less than 1/4 mile, 4 days with haze, 23 cloudy days, 5 partly cloudy days & 3 fair days.      

It was very unusual that no rain fell for 12 days between 1/11 & 1/22.  It was fairly cold, with highs mostly below 40F/4.44C & lows below freezing every night.  But even without rain, it was very moist.  The ground remained wet, with frost every morning & thin ice in places.  6 consecutive days of fog came at the end of this period, sometimes quite heavy & lingering throughout the day.  The weather returned to normal on 1/23 with rain & temperatures well above freezing.  The fog was beautiful, yet oddly inhibiting.  I did not go out walking, or work in the garden.

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