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Olympic Peninsula - Gateway to Olympic National Park
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Sequim - The Blue Hole (Rain Shadow)

 
Sequim, sometimes referred to as the Blue Hole, sits in the Rain Shadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives only about 12 inches of rain each year - less than Los Angeles. Sequim's Rain Shadow creates unique weather for the Pacific Northwest - dry and sunny. Prevailing weather systems from the southwest must cross over the Pacific slopes of the Olympic Mountains by rising from sea level to over seven thousand feet. This rise causes cooling and condensation of most of the atmospheric moisture which then falls in the form of rain or snow. This heavy rain causes the Olympic Rainforests which receive over 200 inches of rain annually and are the only rainforests in the lower forty-eight United States. As the now relatively dry air continues it's journey, it descends steeply from the Olympic Mountains and passes over Sequim leaving it relatively dry and sunny. This result is referred to as the "Blue Hole," and it is not uncommon to find bright blue sky over Sequim while the surrounding areas are covered in dark rain clouds. The Blue Hole in the sky is well-known to pilots familiar with the area. Rain shadows can also be found east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon, and east of the Sierra Mountains in California and Nevada.

For more information on Sequim's Rain Shadow, click here to read "What Is The Olympic Rain Shadow?" by KOMO 4 TV News.

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The rain shadow on this satellite photo below shows as a dark clearing spot right over the Sequim area.

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[ Rainshadow - Sequim, Washington ]

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Rental Information

Reservations are easy and convenient using our secure online reservation system. Our availability calendar is real-time and always up-to-date. If you have any questions please call us at 1-800-879-8859. Discount of 10% for stays of 10 or more nights. A minimum stay of two nights is required. One week minimum stay in July and August - please contact us to inquire about shorter stays. Off season monthly rates are available for mid October through April 30 (please call). Monthly rates are for 4 weeks (28 nights). Long distance phone usage is at the renters expense. Housekeeping is available for an additional fee. Reservations can be held with a major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All cancellations are subject to a $75 cancellation fee.  All cancellations within one month of check-in are subject to a 50% refund. All rates are in USD and subject to 8.4% sales tax and 2.0% room tax. A valid drivers license and credit card must be presented at check-in. No Pets. A rental agreement contract must be signed at check-in. Please call our rental office for more details.

How to Contact Us
Email: office@3crabsbeach.com
Sequim Valley Vacation Rentals (Office)
131 Wilcox Lane
Sequim, WA 98382
Toll Free: 800-879-8859
Phone: (360)-683-3565
Fax: (360)-683-5181
Cell: (360)-912-0012
 

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