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December 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM

2014 on track to be warmest ever for Seattle area

The year 2014 is on track to be the warmest ever recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in records going back to 1945, according to the National Weather Service.

Sea-Tac’s average temperature so far in 2014 has been 55.5 degrees — surpassing the 1995 mark of 54.4 degrees, said Ted Buehner, warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather Service’s Seattle office.

Sea-Tac’s average high, 63.1 degrees, and average low, 47.9, are also record highs, Buehner said.

The Weather Service’s year in review for Western Washington, released Tuesday, also notes that 2014 has had:

  • 50 weather-related fatalities — 43 occurred in the Highway 530 slide.
  • Only 83 days with below-normal temperature.
  • An unusually wet year. We passed the area’s normal annual rainfall of 37.49 inches on October 30. Through Monday, Sea-Tac has had 47.21 inches of rain. The full-year rain record is 55.7 inches, which was set in 1950.

A warmer year was recorded at the Federal Building downtown – 56.2 degrees in 1958 – but by then the downtown site was no longer the area’s official record-keeping site.

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