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Lost: Summer in Anchorage. If found, please return

Lost: Summer in Anchorage. If found, please return
This Aerial photograph shows Colony Glacier, foreground, as it flows towards Inner Lake George and Knik Glacier in the distance on Thursday, July 12, 2012 near Anchorage, Alaska

 While the Northwest hasn't exactly been sizzling this summer so far, the folks up in Anchorage have a more legitimate wonder of where has their summer gone?

July is statistically the warmest month of the year up there, which has an average high of 65 (what, it's Alaska? What were you expecting?) But this year, they've been much colder even by their low thermal expectations.

Half way into the month and the warmest temperature they have registered so far is 63 degrees, and 13 of the 15 days have featured at least a trace of rain, with nine days of measurable rain and nine days in the 50s.

Their National Weather Service Facebook page noted that on July 12 they were even colder than Barrow, which is akin to Usain Bolt losing in the 100 meters to...me. (And it turns out, they lost the rematch too, it was warmer in Barrow on July 15 as well)

The long term forecasts are not much warmer up there.

So makes Seattle's July, which despite only a handful of days above 80 has been actually pretty close to normal, seem downright toasty in comparison. But we're working on our own cool streak as well.

According to Jason Phelps, who is like the Elias Sports Bureau of Seattle area weather statistics, we are at the third-longest wait to a high temperature over 83 degrees (our current warmest day of the year). In 1980, we waited until July 21, and in 1957, it took until September 13th. (In 1954, it never got that warm -- the summer high mark was 80 degrees.)