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A random collection of facts from 2004




* Vessels that passed through the Ballard Locks: 60,000


* Days Kalakala not moored on Lake Union: 99


* Visitors to the new Seattle Library: 1,265,440


* Books and other materials checked out: 752,894


* New library cardholders registered: 29,675


* Number of passengers passing through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: 24,246,323 (through Oct. 31), an 8 percent increase over the same period in 2003


* Mount St. Helens lava-dome elevation as of Nov. 28: 7,400 feet


* Fewest number of ballots counted in November election for statewide offices: 1,331in Garfield County


* Highest recorded price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Seattle metropolitan area: $2.35 on May 29


* The hottest day of the year: July 23with a high temperature of 95, a low of 68 and an average temperature for the day of 82


* Cruise-ship stops in Seattle: 150, or a 52 percent increase over 2003


* Cruise-ship passengers: 562,000


* Worst air-quality day for Seattle: Oct. 4 with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 115 at South Park Monitoring Station. (An AQI of less than 50 is considered “good.” An AQI of 115 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.) Cause: strong temperature inversion over Duwamish Valley


* Total vehicle trips across the two floating bridges: 60,672,620 (Jan.-Sept., Department of Transportation) (Last year, same time period: 59,747,710 vehicle volume)


* UW undergrad tuition, full time: $5,380 in-state


* Hourly pay for a counter (or recounter) working for King County Elections: $12.70




— Seattle Times researcher Gene Balk