Seattle, WA vs. Austin, TX Weather

Seattle, Washington and Austin, Texas have a lot in common - and in fact there are many "transplants" from Austin (and Texas in general) living in Washington State. Both metro areas are close in population size, both have vibrant music and high-tech roots and both are considered great places to live and work. But are they on opposite sides when considering the weather?

Though many might consider Seattle and Austin weather to be like comparing the tropics to the desert or the polar regions to the Mediterranean, actual comparisons are much closer than most would expect. For example, for almost one-half of the year (the months of May through October), Austin actually gets more rain than Seattle. And for three months during the winter (December, January and February), there is only an average six degree low temperature difference between the two cities.

Though there are similarities in rainfall for one-half the year and a low temperature difference for a few months during the Winter, the similarities end during the Summer months in terms of temperature.  The average high temperature for Seattle for the four months of June, July and August is 74. Whereas the average high in Austin is 95 degrees - a very large 21 degree difference. In addition, rainfall in Seattle typically begins in November and ends in March for a total of over 19 inches of rain (and some snow) while Austin receives an average of less than 10 inches.

And in terms of sunshine, NOAA gives Austin the nod at 60% of days with full sunshine and Seattle at 47%. The city with the most sunshine in the United States? Yuma, Arizona at 90%. While the U.S. city with the least amount of sunshine is Juneau, Alaska at only 30%. Given that Seattle seems to have the reputation for dreary and cloudy days, most would not know that the cities of Hilo, Hawaii, Pittsburg, PA, and Grand Rapids, Michigan actually rank lower on the sunshine scale than Seattle!

So when considering cities to live, work or buy a home or condo, Seattle and Austin might be considered brothers and sisters when it comes to music, tech and great food, but only cousins (perhaps distant) when it comes to weather.



Danny Evatt, REALTOR® is a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Danforth, serving the communities of Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, North Bend & Fall City.

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