Both August 4 and July 30 are tied with just 9 instances of measurable rain since 1894, according to National Weather Service Data.
It's only the 5th time in Sea-Tac history we went the entire month of July without measurable rain -- though third time in the past 10 years.
A phenomenon known as "corn sweat" is combining with a summertime heatwave in the Upper Midwest to make for some unbelievably humid conditions.
What has been constant for sure around here is that it's been dry, frequently sunny, and rather temperate -- though not quite as cool as some other location that are usually some 25 degrees hotter! It's led to some rather strange reversals on the summer weather scoreboards around the West.
As much of a light show that Mother Nature can put on during a strong thunderstorm, one series of storms in Utah put on quite the encore after the storm passed and the sun began to set.
Official data is kept at Sea-Tac Airport, and while it did drizzle there for a few hours Tuesday morning, it only amounted to a "Trace" of rainfall -- not enough to measure.
For as much as the heat wave at the end of June was far beyond any comprehension for what weather could be like around Western Washington, July has been a textbook case of what summers should be like around here.
It was a pleasant, sunny Monday in the lowlands, but up in the northern Cascades, the skies were quite a bit more turbulent.
You might not think of the Arctic as a hotbed for lightning, but a series of rare thunderstorms have been observed above the Arctic Circle this week.
Forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center have issued a La Nina Watch for the upcoming winter as there is growing evidence we'll return for a second go-around after having a La Nina this past winter.
As the winter season neared an end, mountain snowpacks were still running a decent amount above average. Then temperatures soared into the 80s, 90s -- even triple digits -- in the higher elevations of the Cascades and the snow didn't stand a chance.
With temperatures soaring into the 80s and 90s -- even 100s! -- in the mountains during the heat wave, the massive snow melt caused debris flows that could be spotted from space!
Seattle ended up with its second hottest June on record by average high temperature but it took a rather curious route to reach that mark.
Here's a partial list of high temperatures from around the region as compiled by the National Weather Service office in Seattle:
The relief couldn't come fast enough after temperatures soared to ridiculous levels around Western Washington, where triple-digits were common and several towns even reached 110. Mother Nature tried to oblige.
Seattle and Portland are already among several cities around the region to set all-time record high temperatures Sunday with most of those records poised to be topped again on Monday.
With a super-heated air mass, getting up in elevation will get you a little cooler, but believe it or not, you could almost get away with wearing shorts while summiting Mt. Rainier.
Aside from the unusual heat, meteorologists have been abuzz with the rather unusual atmospheric setup. This is not shaping up to be your traditional Northwest heat wave!
Seattle and much of the rest of Western Washington may be heading into uncharted territory as part of what's shaping up to be a potentially historic heat wave across the Northwest.
A budding heat wave across the West is expected to expand into the Pacific Northwest this weekend, reaching levels that could bring temperatures in some areas threatening all-time records, not just for the day or for June, but any day.