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For 2nd month in a row, Seattle sets obscure all-time weather record

For 2nd month in a row, Seattle sets obscure all-time weather record
Photo courtesy: Ken Sjodin

For the second month in a row, Seattle has managed to set an obscure, but all-time weather record. And once again, it goes with the prevailing theme of super nice weather to begin a month, then paying for it as the month draws to a close.

In May, it was the first 11 days with zero rain and being warmer than 65 degrees.

This month, the first 14 days of June have had high temperatures of 68 degrees or warmer -- the first time that's ever happened in the 68 years of Sea-Tac Airport records, according to meteorologist Jason Phelps. That record has since been stretched to 16 days with a chance of the 17th coming Monday.

Speaking of stretched, we are also clinging to the possibility that 2013 will be the first June on record where every days' high temperature is 65 degrees or warmer.

Think about that for a minute. That's a pretty amazing statistic when you factor in that summer officially begins this month, but in each and every year since 1945, there's been a day colder than 65. That is a tribute to the usual "June Gloom" as the marine layer is most prevalent this month and those socked-in days usually leave us in the low 60s or even in the 50s.

So far, even our few "June Gloom" days have been weak to moderate marine pushes and highs have still managed to reach the upper 60s -- likely a factor that we haven't had any extreme heat this month to really sock us in with a solid marine push in its aftermath. In fact, Saturday marked the end of an 8-day streak of highs ranging from 68-71 -- it was 78 on Saturday (boo-hoo). The entire month through Sunday has been locked between 68 and 80 for highs. Not that anyone's complaining -- I don't think you draw it up better than that.

Now, our attempt at the 65+ degree record is in jeopardy as a pesky low pressure center offshore is forecast to slowly move inland this week, bring cloudier, cooler days with rain at times, especially midweek. Highs on Wednesday or Thursday (or both) might fail to reach 65, but if we do reach 65, we'll see if we can break the record.