Daylight savings brings longer days, but not warmer temps - yet
March 11, 2011 · Updated 4:39 PM
Early Sunday morning, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins.
Though the arrival of daylight saving time this weekend will bring more daytime sunlight, Western Washington can expect a cooler-than-normal spring as La Niña sticks around until summer.
Though La Niña, which typically brings cooler and wetter weather, has begun to weaken, its effects will persist through the spring months, keeping temperatures down and bringing more snow to the mountains, said Johnny Burg, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
The cool spring will follow what was one of the top 10 coldest Februaries on record, Burg added. The National Weather Service’s records date back to 1899. Bremerton’s average temperature last month was 38 degrees, four degrees colder than the average of 42 degrees. February saw well below normal precipitation, with about 3.94 inches, compared to the average of 7.06 inches.
As La Niña tapers off, this summer will return to average temperatures — about 70 degrees in June and 75 degrees in July and August, Burg said.
Though Burg acknowledged that many Puget Sound residents said last year’s summer “never happened” — June was 2.4 degrees cooler than average with about an inch more rain — it was the only summer on record with two and three-day periods of more than 90-degree temperatures.