We're in a micro climate rain shadow. Our area gets half the rainfall that Seattle does. Average about 17" per year as compared to Seattle's 32-34" per year. So when we have a dry summer, it is really dry here. Some of our lawn is already browning out. Though it might green up again with yesterday's rainfall.
I lived in North Bend for three years, which was a micro-climate in the other direction: we averaged around 70 inches of precipitation per year. We had a stretch from Christmas through early February one year (about 6 weeks) where we recorded over 30 inches of rainfall, and that rain gauge was on the dry side of town.
Where I live in Colorado, it will still be another week or two before you can get any plants in the ground. We're still getting overnight frost regularly. It's 27 at my place at the moment, with an afternoon high of 82 forecast.