Dance in the rain. Bask in the sunshine.

Western Washington has a well deserved reputation for its rainfall. What’s less known is that residents enjoy comfortable summers with low humidity and sunny days up to 16 hours long.

Pierce County gets 43 inches (109 cm) of rain per year. The US average is 39 (99 cm). Snowfall happens infrequently and the annual average is just 4 inches (10 cm) whereas the average US city gets 26 inches (66 cm) of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 136.

On average, there are 139 sunny days per year in Pierce County, Washington. The July high is around 75F/24C. The January low is 35F/2C.

Sperling’s comfort index for Pierce County is a 77 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. (source: bestplaces.net)

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is located in eastern Pierce County, putting winter skiing within reach forCrystal Mountain Ski Resort, image courtesy wikipedia commons Pierce County residents.

The Pierce County Library maintains a comprehensive list of websites about local weather, climate, tide schedules, and even snow conditions in the nearby mountains.