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60-degrees a pipe dream? Not just the rain, it's been chilly too...

Photo: Aaron Wells

The rain has been grabbing all the headlines around here of late, but this past winter and into early spring is keeping with the cooler-than-normal theme as well.

March is on its way to being the 4th consecutive month with below-normal temperatures in Seattle, still trying to make up for the months on end of heat we've had the four years' prior.

One way to measure it? Seattle has yet to have its inaugural 60 degree day of the year - pretty amazing since the normal high right now is 56. Last year, we got there on Feb. 9 and in 2015, we only had to wait until Jan. 25!

But as we wait in 2017, Meteorologist Jason Phelps went back and found that Seattle has a decent shot to enter Top 10 territory when it comes to the longest wait for the first 60 of the year.

The streak reached 18th place Tuesday, but with a cool, showery pattern entrenched for at least the next week, prospects of hitting 60 in Seattle anytime soon are slim -- and looking likely enough to where we'll approach a Top 10 wait for our first 60:

Latest date of the year without reaching at least 60 degrees or warmer at Sea-Tac Airport (records date to 1945):

  1. April 11: 1954
  2. April 8: 1957
  3. April 7: 1959
  4. April 4: 1950
  5. April 4: 1971
  6. April 3: 2002
  7. April 2: 1967
  8. March 31: 2000
  9. March 30: 1976
  10. March 29: 2003
  11. March 28: 1964
  12. March 27: 1955
  13. March 25: 1969
  14. March 25: 1997
  15. March 25: 2013
  16. March 23: 1953
  17. March 23: 2011
  18. March 21 so far: 2017
  19. March 20: 1974
  20. March 20: 1989

So once we pass the weekend, it'll have been at least a decade since we've last had to wait this long. Could we get into Top 5? NOAA thinks it's possible:


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