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14 degrees in Bremerton? I don't think so...

14 degrees in Bremerton? I don't think so...
Bremerton's Harborside Fountain Par by Flickr user Jo Soss
Those of you checking the weather in Bremerton lately must be wondering what kind of microclimate event has been taking place there, since temperatures have been running a bit cool over there of late.

OK, that's an understatement -- it's been running a lot cool of late, like absurdly cool. The automated weather sensor claims it dropped to 14 there Monday night at 1 a.m., then mysteriously warmed to the low 20s by morning where they were still stuck in the low 30s at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, not too far away in Gig Harbor, the temperature was 44 at 11 a.m. with a more believable low of 38.

Sure enough, the local National Weather Service office sent out a note to the media Tuesday morning confirming the Bremerton sensor is under the weather and has been reported to NOAA headquarters to be fixed. In the meantime, we're asked to ignore what Bremerton's sensor is reporting.

So for those who are there, if you want to get a semi close gauge of the weather, you can try the observation at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, which is code "TIW" if you are searching online. (No truth to the rumor that the mysterious code is part of a rivalry with Tacoma and stands for "Tacoma Is Wacky", fueled by other false rumors that Fort Lewis' "GRF" weather code actually means "Gig Harbor Rains Funny." (Or, as one coworker suggested as I tried in vain to come up with that acronym: "Gig Harbor Rains Furbys".)

We'll let you know when Bremerton's weather is back to normal. Incidentally, their weather code is "PWT". I don't know what that stands for, but if I'm Port Orchard or Poulsbo, I'm checking it out :)

[P.S. Just kidding. "PWT" actually stands for "Port Washington Terminal"]