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8 Degrees Last Night? Yeah Right…

February 23rd, 2010 by Matthew Leach

Or maybe it really DID get to 8 degrees! No…it didn’t, but if you’ve been tracking the Bremerton National Airport’s temperature readings it has no doubt been surprising to see a string of “low temperatures” in the single digits, teens and 20s, particularly the 8 degree reading last night.

Well, among other technicalities that have skewed the low temperature data at the airport, it appears at a certain time during the night the current temperature disappears and what is recorded is the dew point, or rather simply the temperature at which air must be cooled to form dew. The dew point can often vary greatly from the actual temperature, though 8 degrees is still a bit extreme.

According to officials at the airport, getting this bug fixed is a work in progress, but until then just stick to your outdoor thermometers 😉 It’s pretty fun to look at the temperature graphs in the Kitsap Sun, though—it looks like a roller coaster!

Speaking of which, the weather this week will go through ups and downs of its own as tomorrow will continue the theme of clouds and showers with partly sunny skies continuing Thursday. Rain returns briefly Friday before *another dry weekend* makes an encore. Rain returns next week.

Highs for the rest of the week will stay in the low to mid 50s, so pretty close to normal.

Stay classy, Kitsap,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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194 Responses to “8 Degrees Last Night? Yeah Right…”

  1. Shawn Says:

    Heya Matt,spring is around the corner.What are your long range forecasts for possible thunderstorms this spring/summer?

  2. Matt C. Says:

    Hey Matt…Shannon O donnel from KOMO news actually thought the low was 8 degrees so that is what she put on the evening broadcast!!! it was hilarious!!! 😀

  3. Matthew Leach Says:

    I’ll issue a spring forecast soon, Shawn. Hopefully I can score better than I did for this winter!!! 😉

    Matt: Really? That was kind of irresponsible of her…

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