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A Rare Sunny Day!

12 May 2012, 4:31 am

The sun came out in full force today across the western US.  A notoriously cloudy place is Forks, WA. (Recently most famous for the setting of the Twilight series of books and movies). It is, in fact, one of the cloudiest places in the entire country.  The author of this series chose the setting of Forks because of its cloudy reputation.  For the folks not familiar with Forks, it is located in the northwest corner of Olympic National Park:

But no clouds in sight today:

Now for the numbers from the State Climatology office in Washington.  The folks in Forks endure more rain each year than any other city in the state.

Wettest (annual): Forks (119.7″)
Wettest (month): Baring (average November precipitation: 18.94″).

Not only does that region get more than their share of rain, it also very cloudy compared to elsewhere around the nation.  Each month only features a few completely clear days, on average:

Month
Avg. Cloud Cover
Days Clear
Days Partly Cloudy
Days Cloudy
1
6.4
4.1
5.0
22.0
2
6.3
3.9
5.3
19.3
3
6.2
3.5
8.1
19.4
4
6.1
3.6
8.1
18.3
5
6.1
3.1
10.0
18.0
6
6.1
3.3
9.1
17.6
7
5.5
5.3
11.0
14.7
8
5.2
6.1
10.9
13.9
9
4.8
8.0
10.2
11.8
10
5.7
5.1
9.6
16.3
11
6.4
3.1
6.6
20.3
12
6.4
4.2
5.7
21.0

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the sunniest place in the country is (you probably guessed it) in the Southwest.  No surprise here.  Sunshine abounds in this region today as well. Yuma, AZ is the sunniest city in the country with the average of sunny days out of the year at 90%.  The Grand Canyon will be heating up today as highs approach the low 80s.  Hikers will need to stay hydrated!

Ranking
City
% of Sunny Days
1
YUMA, AZ
90%
2
REDDING, CA
88%
3
LAS VEGAS, NV
85%
4
PHOENIX, AZ
85%
5
TUCSON, AZ
85%
6
EL PASO, TX
84%

Data from the NCDC.

Today will be no exception to this pattern as the southwest will be feeling the heat.  The National Weather Service has already issued Excessive Heat Warning for Yuma and surrounding areas.

Even outside of the warned area, temperatures will soar into the 90s.

Moms – find a shady spot and enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend!

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