How Sequim Weather Compares to the Olympic Peninsula
Sequim weather is something of a hot topic in the area and is often a major considering for people looking to move here. The weather here is definitely unique, and if we’re honest, it’s one of the things we like about living here though most — aside from the friendly and welcoming community, and the incredible natural beauty of the area, of course. The weather here is also a bit different than what you’ll experience on the majority of the Olympic Peninsula, and even most of western Washington.
Over the years, Sequim has earned itself a variety of nicknames, including “the blue hole” and “the banana belt,” and the town also likes to boast more sunny days than the rest of Western Washington – though this topic is usually up for some level of debate. Even so, life is different here. Summer is coming, and it’s a popular time to buy and sell real estate. If you’ve been looking at moving to Sequim, the sunny days of spring and summer are a great time to do it. Contact our Sequim Real Estate Agents for more information.
Understanding Sequim Weather Before You Move
So, what is it that makes Sequim weather so much different than the rest of the Olympic Peninsula? It has everything to do with our location relative to the Olympic Mountain range, and the rainshadow effect that is produced by them. Though we often like to brag about Sequim enjoying the best weather on the Peninsula, the neighboring towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles are also located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.
In general, it can be said that Sequim enjoys up to 5x as many sunny (or at least mostly sunny) days as those in the Seattle area. Sequim gets an average of 17 inches of rain per year, which is more than 10 inches less than Seattle and the US National average. It’s also far less rain than cities further out on the coast, like Forks, enjoy. Forks has the distinction of being labeled the “wettest town on the Olympic Peninsula,” and its proximity to the Hoh Rainforest is probably a good indicator of just how wet it really is (up to 115 inches of rain every year!).
And, of course, we have these relatively drier, sunnier days to thank for the incredible range of outdoor activities there are to do up here. Sequim weather really does make a difference when it comes to the quality of life, and that is something that should be at the top of your list of considerations when choosing a new place to live or retire!
Why Should You Live in Sequim?
Well, obviously, Sequim weather is a big draw to the area, and we think it’s an important consideration, too. The Pacific Northwest has a relatively poor reputation as being somewhere that’s always dark, gray, and wet. That’s not really true, as any summer day in the Pacific Northwest will prove, but it’s a persistent impression from the rest of the world nonetheless. So, before you relocate to a town as charming as Sequim, the weather really is an important consideration.
Thankfully, with abundant sunny, dry days, we think the weather here is suitable for just about everyone. It’s a rare occasion that it gets too hot or too cold in Sequim, and, in true Goldilocks fashion, Sequim’s mixture of dry and wet days is just right.
But there’s so much more to Sequim than the glorious weather. Sequim is also a fairly small town, and thus offers a home that is quaint and friendly, with the perfect combination of small-town-vibes and big-city amenities. There’s excellent healthcare in Sequim, a wonderful variety of large and small stores, and top-notch community amenities. Moreover, it’s possible to stay active and outdoors in Sequim throughout the entire year. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, boating, long walks on the beach, and just visiting with friends and family, there’s more than enough to do in Sequim.
Instead of asking yourself why you should move to Sequim, you should be asking the question why not Sequim. It’s a question only you can answer for yourself, but when you’re ready to move our Sequim Real Estate agents are here to help. Contact us today!