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Sept. 20, 2006
Burghboy
8 posts
Seattle
I hope they never have another tournament in Seattle. The weather was just horrible from Wed to Sun last week. In fact - other than the Space Needle and Market Place - nothing in Seattle impressed me much. How about keeping future events in the warmer climates?
Sept. 20, 2006
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Bboy,
That's the first I heard the weather was bad.
I lived in Seattle for about one year a while ago
and when the sun is out all day
like it is only a couple of weeks a year,
it's one of the most beautiful places on earth.

My fear about whether to weather the weather
is when going to the Southeast, like Alabama
or Louisiana anytime, especially in late August
and September.
The 45 and over ASA National in Alabama first week
in September 2006 was cancelled due to lack of teams
but I wasn't heartbroken as the weather forecast
said significant chance of thunder showers
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All to say,
I think more careful consideration should be given to place and time by those people who select where tournaments are played so inclement climate conditions
indiginous to the locale
are not a primary factor.
Sept. 20, 2006
bashbro1
Men's 60
266 posts
Iíve never aplogized for being myselfÖIím not about to apolgize for Seattle's weather!

Seattle Climate Data & Commentary:
If you like damp, or dark and dank and really cool weather (cool as in the temperature sense) , overcast skies most of the year, and a year round mild Marine climate, Seattle is the place for you buddy boy. If you like hot, dry and sunny weather, with drinking water high in mineral content, you will not want to live in Seattle, so donít consider moving here, itíd be a mistake.

NO! Contrary to Californianís and Arizonian's belief, it does not rain every day Seattle, just most of the days! Many large cities on the USA east coast (i.e., Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C.) receive more annual precipitation than Seattle. However, when it stops raining in these east coast cities, the sky clears. In Seattle, when it stops raining, the sky stays overcast and rather dreary.

The rain in Seattle is usually a light or fine misty rain but some torrential downpours do occur like on last Thursday morning's beginning of the Menís 40ís, 60ís and Womenís classes as they were getting underway.

Understand that that rain fall just ended an entier summer of nearly NO rain. The 50ís, 55ís, 65ís, 70ís, 75ís and 80ís got absolutely superb ball playing weather conditions. he normal average annual precipitation total for Seattle is 37.19 inches.

Summers in Seattle are usually warm, dry, and sunny, with long days and cool nights displaying a lots of GREEN and little or no BROWN that I guess you dudes from the lower contiguous states like to much. I bet you really like the UPS uniforms and they slogonÖBROWN getís it to TOWN?

SOURCE:
Weather Research Center
3227 Audley St. Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 529-3076


Coldest US Cities based on Normal Daily Minimum [Deg F]
Barrow, AK 4.1
Barter Island, AK 4.3
Bettles, AK 12.9
Kotzebue, AK 15.3
Mt. Washington, NH 19.8

Coldest US Cities based on Record Temperatures [Deg F]
McGrath, AK -75
Bettles, AK -70
Fairbanks, AK -62
Barrow, AK -56
Nome, AK -54
Williston, ND -50
Boca, CA -45
Glasgow, MT -47
Mt. Washington, NH -47

Hottest US Cities based on Normal Daily Maximum [Deg F]
Yuma, AZ 87.9
Phoenix, AZ 85.9
Honolulu, HI 84.4
Kahului, HI 83.9
Ft. Myers, FL 83.9

Hottest US Cities based on Record Temperatures [Deg F]
Yuma, AZ 124
Phoenix, AZ 122
Redding, CA 118
Midland-Odessa, TX 116
Medford, OR 115
Lewiston, ID 115
Sacramento, CA 115

Most Number of Rain Days [.01 or more]
Hilo, HI 278
Yakutat, AK 235
Cold Bay, AK 226
Annette, AK 223
Juneau, AK 222
Mt. Washington, NH 209
Quillayute, WA 208

Cities with the Most Annual Rainfall [Inches]
Yakutat, AK 151.25
Hilo, HI 129.19
Quillayute, WA 105.18
Annette, AK 103.28

Percent of Maximum Possible Sunshine [%]
Yuma, AZ -90
Redding, CA -88
Las Vegas, NV -85
Tucson, AZ -85
Phoenix, AZ -85
El Paso, TX -84

Cloudiest Cities - Mean # of Days]
Cold Bay, AK -305
Juneau, AK -282
Valdez, AK -259
Anchorage,AK -241
Quillayute, WA -239
Astoria, OR -239
Olympia, WA -228
Seattle, WA -226
Portland, OR -222

Least Humid Cities[%]
Morning -Afternoon
Las Vegas, NV -40 -21
Phoenix, AZ -51 -3
Yuma, AZ 53 23
Tucson, AZ 53 25
El Paso, TX 57 28
Albuquerque, NM 60 29
Grand Junction, CO 61 36
Winslow, AZ 62 30
Colorado Springs, CO 63 40
Winnemucca, NV 64 34
Bakersfield, CA 65 38
Rosewell,NM 66 33
Billings, MT 66 44
Big Delta, AK 67 57

Most Humid Cities[%]
Morning Afternoon

Quillayute, WA 93 73
Gainesville, FL 93 60
Olympia, WA 92 64
Port Arthur, TX 91 64
Lake Charles, LA 91 63
Eugene, OR 91 60
Jackson, MS 91 58
Tallahassee, FL 91 55
Corpus Christi, TX 90 62
Houston, TX 90 60
Victoria, TX 90 60
Ahseville, NC 90 58

Cities with the most number of days with minimum <32 degs
Barrow, AK 322
Kotzebue, AK -249
Mt. Washington, NH -243
Bettles, AK 240
Nome, AK 238
Gulkana, AK 237
Unalakleet, AK -236
McGrath, AK 229
Alamosa, CO -227
Talkeetna, AK -225
Bethetl, AK 223
Fairbanks, AK -222
Big Delta, AK -222
Ely, NV -219
Flagstaff, AZ 209
Burns, OR -205

bashbro1 is a computer software programmer for a large aero-space co. in the Pacific NW and never been ELECTRACUTED while working at his PC!
Sept. 20, 2006
Dbax
Men's 60
1223 posts
Arrived in Washington on Sept. 10th. Spent 4 days in the Olympic Peninsula on Lake Quinault. Hiking the Rain Forest, and visiting Ruby Beach. Absolutely awesome. Beautiful weather. It didn't start to rain until Friday morning when the womens 40 was starting. Only delayed games a couple of hours.
Visited Pike Market, road the Ducks, Space needle, EMP Music Experience and Museum of Flight. Climbed aboard Kennedy's Air Force One and also the Concord.
Had a fantastic time!
Sept. 20, 2006
Longballr9
Men's 40
48 posts
I'll tell you that I was suprised to see as much rain as we did. However, under the circumstances the director's at Russell Road did a great job and the field prep crew worked their butts off.

All and all it was a great tourney. As for myself, I'd much rather play in the cooler weather.

Next year: Phoenix, AZ.

Take care all....

Mike Williams
Master's Division National Director
Sept. 20, 2006
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I believe I heard one tourney official say that the tourney was going to be in Phoenix for the next three years. I really enjoyed it when it was in Vegas. However, Vegas seems to get more expensive each year, Flights-Hotels etc.
Sept. 20, 2006
Change up fan
7 posts
WE WERE IN SEATTLE FOR A TOURNAMENT 9-6 THRU 9-10 AND IT WAS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE YEAR BEFORE!! I HATED TO COME BACK TO THIS SMOG, PEOPLE & CRIME INFESTED SO. CAL. NOT ONLY WAS THE WEATHER PERFECT BUT THE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WERE SO ACCOMIDATING. AL & SANDY TOOK US TO A BAR B Q PLACE, (CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME) THEY CALLED AHEAD, AND WHEN WE ARRIVED THEY HAD OUR TABLES COVERED IN CLOTHS, A BIN FULL OF COMPLIMENTARY WATERS AND LET US KNOW THEY WERE AT OUR SERVICE!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!! BOY, THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE WHEN YOU PATRONIZE A BUSINESS. ANYWAY, SEATTLE GETS PROPS HERE AND MOST OF US LOVE IT THERE AND WE SHOULD PLAY THERE EVERY!!!!!! YEAR!!
Sept. 21, 2006
SunBum
10 posts
I'm not sure if Burghboy was in the same Seattle the we were last week. We were there for the 60s and played in Federal Way for all our games. The weather was cooler than some of the years we have played in Las Vegas and Phoenix, but nowhere near what we would say was horrible. We were delayed a little bit on Thursday because I guess that Federal Way had to take some games from the other places to get those groups finished, but by the end of Thursday the schedule was only like an hour behind. I don't think a single game was cancelled because of the weather, and we've been at tournaments when the schedule was farther behind than that in the morning. The director at our fields did a good job keeping things going and we have no complaints.
Sept. 21, 2006
Foothills
Men's 55
76 posts
Keep it in Seattle . We play to hit . The cool climate at least lets us hit a true 375 compression ball . Every degree over 75 ball looses 5 LB. of compression . Rather play in cool weather than hit mush in hotter climates .
Sept. 21, 2006
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
406 posts
Well, let's just play it in Anchorage, Alaska :)

Seriously, I had a great time in Seattle, but its a long way from most of the country.

Sept. 22, 2006
TotallyRec
Men's 50
32 posts
Just to weigh in on this topic, I enjoyed the weather and the playing conditions in Seattle. I have played in Las Vegas, Reno and Phoenix in 100+ degree weather only to find teams and players jeopardizing their health by playing in such extreme heat. I play in the 50+ division and have seen players suffer with heat related health issues when competing in the heat of the day. I can only imagine the toll the weather might take on the older divisions. Why wouldn't we want the best competition in the best climate? I agree that nothing compares to the amenties offered in Las Vegas or Reno, but I would sacrafice those amenities to play in the best conditions possible. I would also submit that I have not played in the high humidity of the eastern seaboard, but I have heard that the humidity can also present some serious health issues. Making money is one thing, but keeping in mind the health of the players is paramount in my mind.
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