Tacoma, WA
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2 College Freshman

Weather: If you like grey and rain then this is the schools for you.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Rain. Cold. Occasional Sunny Day. Crap.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's rainy and I love it! If you don't like the rain it may be a problem, but when the sun comes out then it is so beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its usually cold or raining but that is to be anticipated in the pacific northwest so its not too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot, but you have to know that coming to the school. You get used to it.


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  • 337th
    Coldest Winters
  • 488th
    Hottest Summers

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Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
Grad Year
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Often known for its rainy days, Tacoma has seen an influx of snow and hail lately, as well as crystalized trees from the mixture of snow and rain. It is not uncommon to experience every kind of weather in one day: snow, sleet, hail, rain, sun, wind, clouds, clear skies, etc. You will not see many people carrying an umbrella, though. Students are often coated only in rain gear. One can spot a visitor or teacher by the black or striped umbrella and often assume that they aren't a localized student.

The weather may prove a hindrance or deterrent for weekend activities. Activities such as hiking are still feasible, but might be less appealing on a damp, gray day. When the sun does come out to play, so too does everyone on campus. The rain really makes you appreciate those days. It is unfortunate that many students leave over the summer because it is a lush, warm season replete with clear, blue skies that reflect over the sound. 

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 44 °F
Summer - High: 75 °F
Summer - Low: 55 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 49 °F
Winter - Low: 37 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.06 in./month
Summer: 1.02 in./month
Fall: 3.89 in./month
Winter: 5.15 in./month
What to Pack
  • Backpacking pack
  • Down jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Sleeping bag/camping equipment
  • Snow gear
Did You Know?
Tacoma's name translates to "Mother of Waters" in Native American.


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