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This website has its genesis in my interest in the North Olympic Peninsula. After frequent camping trips to many sites in the region during the late 1980's, my family and I decided to purchase a piece of property on the Dungeness plain, as a sunny outpost to relax and explore the surrounding areas. In 2002, I helped my son configure a rudimentary science experiment to record the sunlight in Sequim and Redmond using small solar panels; we were shocked at the difference. So, in the early Fall of 2010, I went ahead and set up some more modern equipment to take a closer look at things, and have shared the findings.

If you would like to keep up to date regarding when new reports are available, changes to the site, blog posts, etc, "liking" us via our Facebook page will keep you in touch, or if Facebook is "not your thing", drop us an email. olympicrainshadow@gmail.com


Media Coverage

Echoing public interest in topics of sunlight, sunshine, and regional destinations, the website has received significant attention by local and national media, including coverage by the Associated Press, the Peninsula Daily news, KOMO news, Cliff Mass Weather Blog, KPLU, the Bicycle Paper, and syndicated coverage in at least ten other metro daily newspapers.

Peninsula Daily News - Jeff Chew's feature: "Port Angeles almost as sunny as Sequim, weather study shows"

Cliff Mass Blog - UW Professor, weather pundit, and prognosticator's post: "Is Sequim the Sunniest Place in Western Washington?"

KOMOnews - Scott Sistek's post: "Wanna get away? Sequim had 69 more sunny days than Seattle"

KPLU Seattle - UW Professor Cliff Mass' 10/21/11 segment on the blue hole and the olympic rain shadow

Bicycle Paper - Leading NW regional journal - Rhesa Bubbel's front page story on bicycling in the rain shadow

Peninsula Daily News - Jeff Chew's front page story on olympicrainshadow.com

PTguide - The premier online resource for Port Townsend, Washington


We are a big fan of the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences weather page, Cliff Mass's weather blog,  and Scott Sistek's Komo weather blog, and find these resources invaluable in understanding the local weather, in the rain shadow and out.

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