Seattle experiences its 5,000th minute of summer weather this year

Photo of sunny day in Seattle on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency)

Seattle's summer of 2013 has garnered rave reviews from sun fans for its several days of sunshine and warm temperatures -- so warm, in fact, that as of 12:31 p.m. Wednesday, the Emerald City notched its 5,000th minute of having 80 degree or better heat, as measured from the University of Washington campus.

It's the first time since 2010 that Seattle has managed to get over the 5,000 minute mark and a far cry from 2011 when we only had 78 minutes through late July. That year ended up with 3,323 minutes.

In more conventional measurements, Wednesday marks the 40th day this summer with a high of 80 or warmer at Sea-Tac Airport, only the fourth time since 1945 the airport has had 40 or more days in the 80s.

The summer clock is expected to add quite a bit more to it -- perhaps climbing over 5500 by the end of Wednesday alone, and maybe even reaching 6,000 by the weekend before much cooler weather sets in for early next week.

You can find the daily tally on my dedicated Twitter page @SummerMinutes