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Old 07-04-2016, 09:28 AM
 
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Coming from AZ (lived in the Valley for 6.5 years) to be honest you'll probably get tired of WA realllly fast. There are a lot more moderate weather states that have a way lower cost of living that would likely be a better fit.
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Old 07-04-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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The weather in Seattle is really a lot more complex than people give it credit for... Let me explain why:

People say it rains all of the time in Seattle. It doesn't. It mostly rains between October and June, and then July-August-September are practically bone dry. And it doesn't "rain" like you are used to in other parts of the country. It is mostly just a drizzle.

AND... Even when it does rain during the Winter-Spring months, it invariably clears up for a while in the afternoon, which the locals call a "sun break". The sun breaks can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours - hard to predict.

BUT... One thing that is consistent year round is the morning overcast. Whether its Winter or Spring or Summer, Seattle wakes up under a cloud cover nearly every day of the year. You can't escape it. In the Winter, it lasts all day. In the Summer, it is usually referred to as a "marine layer" and burns off around 10am.

SO... You have to learn to live with a good amount of unpredictability in your life. Every day you wake up to a grey, overcast sky and you don't have much faith that it will be brilliantly blue all day or rain all day. The forecasters don't help as much, because they typically list every day in the 10-day forecast as "partly cloudy" or "partly sunny" (duhh...). Seems like a minor detail, but the lack of predictability can make planning a BBQ or Sunday outing or even an afternoon happy hour pretty challenging. Seems to have some psychological effects on the residents.
I just moved to Olympia last month and noticed the morning overcast thing after a few days. I never really timed it but it always seems it clears up around early afternoon here. And ya the weather forecast seems worthless here. All it ever says is cloudy or partly but it always changes. I don't even bother with looking at the weather anymore. When I was on the east coast I'd check it every day but now what is the point imo
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:17 PM
 
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The morning overcast is not the norm in July and August. It happens in late spring and early summer. But every year is different. It's kind of similar to the June gloom in San Diego. But there are many sunny mornings in spring, summer and early fall.
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Considering this thread is from 2007, I wonder how things turned out for the OP.
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:40 PM
 
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The morning overcast is not the norm in July and August. It happens in late spring and early summer. But every year is different. It's kind of similar to the June gloom in San Diego. But there are many sunny mornings in spring, summer and early fall.
Beg to differ. I worked outdoors in Seattle for two summers, starting at 6:30am every morning. The marine layer is very prevalent in the summer, just depends how early it burns off.
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Beg to differ. I worked outdoors in Seattle for two summers, starting at 6:30am every morning. The marine layer is very prevalent in the summer, just depends how early it burns off.
I agree. Call it NW air conditioning...
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:38 PM
 
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Seattle is one of the most humid cities in the country. It is a disadvantage on both ends. 45 and wet feels like 25 (but no snow to enjoy). 80 and wet feels like 100. Most people here have Stockholm syndrome and claim they love the cold and wet, but when the temperature gets 80+ they freak out. If weather is a real concern, I'd look elsewhere. We have 2 seasons, really crappy cold grey and drizzly for 10 months and pretty nice for 2. It is gorgeous when the clouds do part though.
Not the same kind of humidity as you have in the South or Northeast. I'm from the NE and also lived in the South. No comparison.

It's fine in the summer, humidity wise. As someone else mentioned, it's more a problem in the winter where it makes the dampness chill tge person deeply, though still nothing like the Northeast.
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