Palmer, Washington

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Palmer, Washington
Palmer is located in Washington (state)
Palmer
Palmer
Location in Washington and the United States
Palmer is located in the United States
Palmer
Palmer
Palmer (the United States)
Coordinates: 47°18′51″N 121°53′32″W / 47.31417°N 121.89222°W / 47.31417; -121.89222Coordinates: 47°18′51″N 121°53′32″W / 47.31417°N 121.89222°W / 47.31417; -121.89222
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyKing
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID1524150[1]

Palmer is an unincorporated community in King County, Washington, United States. It is located along the Green River next to the Kanaskat-Palmer State Park.

Palmer was originally a telegraph station on the Northern Pacific Railway opened during the construction of the railway's line across Stampede Pass c. 1886. The point was originally named "Green River." In 1888, the NP changed the name to "Palmer" for George L. Palmer, then a timber cruiser for the company and later an official in the company's Land Department. The original route across Stampede Pass traveled from Tacoma, Washington to Puyallup, Washington, where the line turned east and continued to Orting, Washington, Buckley, Washington, Enumclaw, Washington, and Palmer. The railway continued east along the Green River to Lester, Washington and Stampede Pass.

Between 1899 and 1900 the Northern Pacific built a cut-off from Palmer Junction (just east of Palmer), crossing the Green River to Kanaskat, and thence westward to Ravensdale, Covington and finally Auburn. This route is still used by today's BNSF Railway.

Climate[edit]

Palmer has an Oceanic climate (Cfb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Palmer
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 66
(19)
69
(21)
78
(26)
88
(31)
100
(38)
102
(39)
101
(38)
101
(38)
97
(36)
90
(32)
74
(23)
65
(18)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 42.2
(5.7)
46.5
(8.1)
50.6
(10.3)
56.6
(13.7)
63.4
(17.4)
68.1
(20.1)
74.6
(23.7)
74.3
(23.5)
69.1
(20.6)
59.2
(15.1)
48.7
(9.3)
43
(6)
58
(14)
Average low °F (°C) 31.6
(−0.2)
33.1
(0.6)
34.6
(1.4)
37.7
(3.2)
42.7
(5.9)
47.4
(8.6)
50.9
(10.5)
51.2
(10.7)
47.8
(8.8)
42.3
(5.7)
36.7
(2.6)
32.9
(0.5)
40.7
(4.8)
Record low °F (°C) 0
(−18)
−3
(−19)
12
(−11)
22
(−6)
26
(−3)
32
(0)
33
(1)
38
(3)
32
(0)
21
(−6)
6
(−14)
−1
(−18)
−3
(−19)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 11.41
(290)
8.74
(222)
9.42
(239)
7.58
(193)
5.92
(150)
5.26
(134)
2.34
(59)
2.83
(72)
4.67
(119)
7.91
(201)
11.94
(303)
12
(300)
90.02
(2,287)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 13.3
(34)
7.7
(20)
5
(13)
0.7
(1.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.51)
2
(5.1)
7.9
(20)
36.8
(93)
Average precipitation days 21 18 21 19 17 14 8 9 11 16 20 21 195
Source: [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palmer". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "PALMER 3 SE, WASHINGTON (456295)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 18, 2015.