When my Husband and I first began telling friends and Family about our move to the Seattle area, one of their first responses often was, “but it rains all the time there!” or “how are you going to stand all that rain?”. If my parents hadn’t already lived in Bellevue at the time, I may have been more concerned, but we were assured that it didn’t rain much more in Seattle than in other cities…it just rained more often.
Seattle averages approximately 36″ of rainfall a year. Compare that to other cities such as New York which gets 46.6” or Kansas City Missouri which averages 42″ of rainfall per year or Dallas which also has a 36″ average.
NOT more Rain….just more rainy days.
In fact, after living here for a while, you’ll begin to notice the various degrees of rain: Downpour, RAIN, Sprinkles, Drizzle & Mist (or as I like to call it, “Spit”)
The norm is definitely Sprinkles or Drizzle and therefore you’ll rarely see a Seattleite using an umbrella unless there’s a heavy downpour or reason to be outdoors over a prolonged period of time…think youth Soccer sidelines.
If you’re considering making a move here to the gorgeous Northwest, don’t let the rain scare you off. The gorgeous Sunny days are more than worth it all. Besides, you may have more of it where you live now…just not as often.
Enjoy the Ride!