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Oak Harbor: The Duluth of the Northwest?

Oak Harbor: The Duluth of the Northwest?
Photo: Microsoft Virtual Earth.
A few astute observers (especially those sweltering on Whidbey Island) have noticed that on the current temperature map that Oak Harbor appears to be an oasis amidst the desert of the region during this heat wave, usually running 10-15 degrees cooler than others.

It's a bit of a misnomer because that reading is taken from the Whidbey Island Naval Station, whose runways are right on the shores of the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

That area is typically cool no matter the weather pattern as it's the landing place for cool, westerly breezes that flow down the Strait. The actual city of Oak Harbor is further south and inland, away from these breezes.

Unfortunately, there are no other official reporting stations on Whidbey Island yet, although perhaps there might be one someday at Wes Lupein, which does have a weather identifier code, but doesn’t report consistently yet.