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  •  Incredible (3+ / 0-)

    Michigan's UP near Copper Harbor has 200+, I believe, maybe more.  

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    by cfk on Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 07:06:45 PM PST

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    •  Winds from the Pacific (3+ / 0-)

      combined with a decent mountain range, the soggy side of the Cascades.  Out in the Midwest the air is fairy well dried out, the Lakes don't compare to the Pacific Ocean  :-)

      The Olympic rain forests on the Olympic Peninsula get 140 to 170 inches of rain a year, multiply by 7 to 20 to get what that would be in snow.  The east side of the Olympics get less than 25 inches rain/year.

      •  yes, you are right (2+ / 0-)

        I have seen the Olympic Peninsula twice and it is awesome.  I even had some sunny days there in 1970 which no one believed. :)

        In 1990, we brought our three kids and they loved it, too, except for the banana slugs.  :)

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        by cfk on Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 07:39:56 PM PST

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      •  Actually, this is on the dry side (3+ / 0-)

        Holden is on the east slope of the Cascades, in the rain shadow. The annual precip figure I saw quoted for Holden is fairly low - 35 inches. But Stehekin, just uplake a few miles (but across the lake too - might help) claim more annual precip than Seattle. It just all falls in winter as snow.

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        by badger on Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 07:57:56 PM PST

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        •  Seattle gets ~36 inches/year (1+ / 0-)
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          so Holden isn't very far into the rain shadow.  A fair amount makes over the crest and gets dumped in the first few miles beyond.

          •  Microclimates (1+ / 0-)
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            Then Holden isn't much drier (overall) than Seattle - I should learn what the typical numbers are, as I thought 35 was pretty low.

            But about 30 miles south of Holden, we get about 11 inches per year, again mostly snow, but never anywhere near 300 inches.

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            by badger on Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 09:40:16 PM PST

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            •  the Pacific NW is great for microclimates (3+ / 0-)
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              the mash-up of microplates plus glacial sculpting means lots of odd shaped bodies of waters and ridges of hills.

              In walking from a friends house 8 blocks to a store we went from 35 F and a light drizzle to 30 F and heavy snow, and the reverse going back.  The dividing region was no more than a city block wide, crossing the street in almost a mist we could see the next intersection covered in white with flakes streaming past the street light.

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