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Old 08-13-2008, 05:12 AM
 
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Good Day,our family has always lived in relatively sunny climates.We are considering a opportunity to move there asap and just spent the last week there which was beautiful and sunny.I have been told though that is only 2 or 3 months out of the year(summer)and the other 9 to 10 can be consistently grey,overcast,etc which can effect your daily mood,etc.If you are a resident do you find that to be true?If it is,I have wondered if that is why coffee is so popular up there to help keep the spirits up to get through some of the gloom months...your honest thoughts would be appreciated.The reason I ask is although sunny enviroments can sometimes be to hot,the effects of the sunlight does produce a positive daily outlook....thx

 
Old 08-13-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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Have you searched through the Seattle Thread? There are already alot of posts on weather.

Plus remember we have people on this board who love the weather and people who don't.

PS: It's not summer 2 or 3 months - think more 6 to 8 weeks.

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Old 08-13-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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You are going to get many different answers, I for one love the weather in Seattle and living somewhere where it was sunny the majority of the time would be miserable.

Saying that it is consistently gray and overcast for 9 to 10 months to me would imply that we never see the sun during those months, which is far from the truth.

Our weather and our seasons here are what they are. If one compares our summers to summers in other parts of the country, than no, we don't have long summers, but in my opinion summer here is longer than 6 to 8 weeks.

The same could be said for winter. Our seasons may not be as pronounced as elsewhere in the country, however we do have four distinct seasons.

In the end, there is no way to say whether you will like it here or not without having spent a considerable amount of time experiencing our weather.

To me, the positive things about the area far outweigh any weather considerations.
 
Old 08-13-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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This is probably the most discussed question on this board. Just the tiniest bit of searching will answer it completely and thoroughly.

Short answer: If you can't handle gray, cloudy, cool days for the majority of the year, don't come here. This is not an exaggeration, it is simply the way it is. The weather is beautiful here in July and August, a crapshoot in June and September and pretty much cool and damp the rest of the time.
 
Old 08-13-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: WA
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The Native Seattlites build houses out of moss and have 14 words for "cloudy"
 
Old 08-13-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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I can only come up with 10. What else am I missing?

Gray
Cloudy
Hazy
Marine Layer
Partly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Scattered Clouds
Partly Sunny
Overcast
Low Ceiling

And please, moss? That is so 20th century. These days the acceptable building materials are recycled water bottles or recycled Starbux cups.
 
Old 08-13-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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Originally Posted by LeeH View Post
Good Day,our family has always lived in relatively sunny climates.We are considering a opportunity to move there asap and just spent the last week there which was beautiful and sunny.I have been told though that is only 2 or 3 months out of the year(summer)and the other 9 to 10 can be consistently grey,overcast,etc which can effect your daily mood,etc.If you are a resident do you find that to be true?If it is,I have wondered if that is why coffee is so popular up there to help keep the spirits up to get through some of the gloom months...your honest thoughts would be appreciated.The reason I ask is although sunny enviroments can sometimes be to hot,the effects of the sunlight does produce a positive daily outlook....thx
This is the NUMBER ONE asked question in this forum, hands down.

The answer to this question -- each and every time -- is this:

No one knows how one will react to the cloudy weather year-round. The determinants with regard to this decision have very little to do with things that you can control, and everything to do with things like your innate tolerance for the sun (or continued cloudiness), your vitamin D levels, and your susceptibility to SAD. These are genetic markers and comfort levels that people tend not to know until they move to Seattle to try things out.

To that end, Seattle is a wonderful place. And for every person who leaves because of the weather, there are several who stay specifically because of the weather. Many people do love it here, and I would implore you to at least try it out for a year to see if you like it. You can always move if you wish.
 
Old 08-13-2008, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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On CBS.com you can now watch old episodes of Twin Peaks Twin Peaks: Watch Full Episodes - CBS.com It was filmed here back in 1990. There are a lot of outside shots. It will give you a sense of the gray here.
 
Old 08-13-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle-area, where the sun don't shine
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wythors View Post
I can only come up with 10. What else am I missing?

Gray
Cloudy
Hazy
Marine Layer
Partly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Scattered Clouds
Partly Sunny
Overcast
Low Ceiling

And please, moss? That is so 20th century. These days the acceptable building materials are recycled water bottles or recycled Starbux cups.
"Scatted Clouds" means mostly sunny, so that's invalid.

I have some more though:

Sunbreaks (means the sun pokes through a couple seconds at a time every few hours)
Chance of Showers (means it might rain 0.01" or so, but almost always implies cloudy)
Chance of Rain (more rain than chance of showers; still cloudy).
Gloomy
Dark

There, that's 14.
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