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Despite the rumors about the weather in the Evergreen State, we actually experience four seasons of weather.
After a rainy spring, hikers and bikers take to the hills while boaters and kayakers take to the lakes or Puget Sound, all of which are right next door. The Tulip Festival in the late spring transitions us to summertime, with temperatures ranging anywhere from the 70’s to 90’s. It is a mild summer, but with the very slight humidity of the West Coast it is perfect weather for being outdoors. Our green and very bright summer gives way to the oranges and yellows of fall. The Washington State Fair in Puyallup is an annual indicator of this change of seasons.
We experience higher rain in the late fall. Our average annual rainfall is about 42 inches of rain, just 3 inches over the national annual average. The typically wet winter does include variations of ice and snow, however brief, during the coldest of the winter months. Annual snowfall in Puyallup is only about 3 inches. While this certainly is an exciting time here in the foothills, if you want more snow it is less than an hour drive to higher elevations and snow recreation!