Tacoma, Washington 

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Climate in Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, Washington gets 41 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Tacoma averages 4 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 141 sunny days per year in Tacoma. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Tacoma gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 154 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.


Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 77 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 37
Rain: averages 41 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 4 inches of snow a year


SPERLING'S COMFORT INDEX
Tacoma ranks 79/100 for Comfort Index

A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.

CLIMATE

Climate Averages
  Tacoma, WashingtonUnited States
  40.9 in.38.1 in.
  4.2 in.27.8 in.
  153.5 days106.2 days
  141 days205 days
  77.0°85.8°
  36.5°21.7°
  7954
  2.64.3
  249 ft.2443 ft.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.


August is the hottest month for Tacoma with an average high temperature of 77.1°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Washington. In Tacoma, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Tacoma are August, July and September.


December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Tacoma with an average of 35.2°. This is warmer than most places in Washington.


In Tacoma, there are 2.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Washington.


In Tacoma, there are 31.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Washington.


In Tacoma, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Washington.


November is the wettest month in Tacoma with 6.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.7 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 40% of yearly precipitation and 8% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 40.9 inches in Tacoma means that it is about average compared to other places in Washington.


November is the rainiest month in Tacoma with 19.3 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 4.5 rainy days. There are 153.5 rainy days annually in Tacoma, which is about average compared to other places in Washington. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 34% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 12% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 4.2 inches in Tacoma means that it is less snowy than most places in Washington.



December is the snowiest month in Tacoma with 1.1 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.


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    Tacoma's potential - 4/28/2018
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    Beautiful city--Choose your neighborhood wisely - 7/10/2017
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