5 thoughts on “Record low temperature in Seattle WA”

  1. Yes , 29 degrees is not very cold at all.They must have recorded lower than that in Seattle.
    There is one very confusing thing about the USA and Canada. When you publish temperature figures, you don’t quote whether it is Centigrade/Celsius or Fahrenheit. This is an INTERNATIONAL forum, and I am in Wales, UK [ See cardiganisland.com]. The UK always used Fahrenheit alone in the past , and a lot of people my age [ I’m 65] still THINK in Fahrenheit. However, since joining the European Union [ and earlier…maybe around 1960 ], we have adopted far more Metric measurements, in keeping with the rest of Europe, which is ALL metric. This system includes Celsius/Centigrade temperatures where water freezes at 0 degrees C [ at sea level] and boils at 100 degrees C. People younger than myself are far more au fait with Celsius than older people, although most of us have got used to working things out in both systems.
    You still use the Imperial system of measurements in America that your former British rulers gave you.
    For example, you still have gallons and miles [albeit a little different from ours] , instead of litres and kilometres.
    You also use Fahrenheit to measure temperature. Of course, when you quote 29 degrees , it is obvious it is Fahrenheit, but when another man mentions MINUS 1 , it is not ALWAYS clear. That is a freezing temperature in Celsius akin to around 29 Fahrenheit…….and since we use BOTH scales in the UK , some readers could get confused when they see “minus 1”.
    When we give temperatures in the UK , we always state whether it is “degrees F” or “degrees C”. It would be useful if Americans and Canadians adopted the same habit. As I said, this internet is INTERNATIONAL !

  2. Yes, 29 seems surprising for a record low. I lived near Seattle during the “Inaugural Day Storm” on January 20, 1993, the day Bill Clinton was first inaugurated. Rain and winds over 90 mph, followed by days of snow, ice, and extreme cold weather, down to about 4 degrees, as I recall. I lived a few hundred feet above lake level, and a little lake nearby had ice about 2 or 3 feet thick before the cold spell ended. That doesn’t happen with 29 degree temps. We barely were getting up into the teens for several days. And we got snow a number of times while I lived there, in 6 years, though I was at a slightly higher elevation than the city, on the Issaquah Plateau.

  3. That’s odd. Most cold records are usually in the single digits.

    While I don’t think they have had sub zero weather like Portland Oregon with it’s minus 2 degrees Seattle once every 10 years dives into single digit land.

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