The Truth About Rain in Seattle

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Posted on May 19, 2007 1:56 PM in Miscellaneous
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I considered simply posting this link to my B-Sides, but having lived in or near Seattle my entire life, I've heard "does it ever stop raining in Seattle?" enough times to merit actually making a point of the article's findings:

Seattle is not the nation's rainiest city. Not by a long shot.

That's according to a recent study, which determined that Mobile, Ala. was the nation's rainiest city. Seattle didn't even make the top 40.

Does it rain in Seattle? Yes. Does it rain a lot in Seattle? Sure. But should rain be the first thing that comes to mind when I tell you I'm from Seattle? No. Maybe coffee or music, but not rain.


Zim on May 19, 2007 at 9:42 PM:

But it sound great. With or without rain...


Ian Clifton on May 20, 2007 at 4:13 PM:

That appears to be what Washington as a whole is most "famous" for. In the military, I would have to specify I was from Washington State and then people would always bring up the rain. Two of the places I was stationed rained less than Seattle: San Antonio (~27") and the Middle East (uhh 2"?). I was also stationed in Augusta, GA (~45") and Sumter, SC (~46"). Southern states rain a lot in the summer, which was very strange to me. In Washington, it's not uncommon to have several weeks of clear skies during the summer months, but that never happens in the South. There, it rains every day at 4pm for 20 minutes, and then it clears up but stays insanely humid. Even when I pointed out to many friends/coworkers the days when the South would have more rain in one day the Washington had in a month, they didn't want to let go of the Seattle-rain stereotype. Seattle is famous for a lot of things: music, coffee, and average education level, but those things just aren't as important for some reason.


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