Seattle – Coldest February in 30 years

4th coldest in 75 years

“Through the 16th of February, Seattle is 8 degrees F below normal for the month,” says reader Chuck Clancy. “This is the 4th coldest first 16 days of February in the 75 years of records at Sea-Tac airport and the coldest in the last 30 years. The 3 years that were colder were 1989, 1949 and 1956.”

“This is according to the 3am discussion yesterday morning from the Seattle forecast office.”

“I bet they won’t publish it, but it really says it all,” says


4 thoughts on “Seattle – Coldest February in 30 years”

  1. When one sees or hears a temperature report for Seattle, it actually refers to the large airport well south of the southern city limits. Sea-Tac Intl Airport logged over 430,000 takeoffs and landings in 2018. The location of the FAA/NWS ASOS at Sea-Tac Airport is adjacent to a taxiway located between two of the runways. At 1245 PST today, KSEA reports 43F, and closer to my home a local CWOP observer about 8.5 miles due east of KSEA reports 38F. But, we are assured a steady stream of jet exhaust blasting the runways and the heat from the physical plant or pavement does not impact temperature readings. It takes a lot of cold to impact records at Sea-Tac airport aka “Seattle.”

  2. Grew up in Seattle.
    Remember reading once that back in the early part of the 20th century it got so cold that ice actually formed in Puget Sound.
    Now that I’d like to see.

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