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Seattle

WELCOME TO SEATTLE
Christened "The Emerald City", Seattle is one of the most livable cities in the world. It actually receives less annual rainfall (36 inches) than New York City and Atlanta. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, Puget Sound, and mountains, Seattle is a recreation enthusiast's dream.

The greater Seattle area is home to 2.8 million people. Microsoft, Nordstrom and Starbucks are based here. Seattle is also known as the birthplace of the crazes for grunge rock and espresso coffee. This area is the home of baseball's Edgar Martinez, glass art's Dale Chihuly, musicians Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Queensryche, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Kenny G., software giant Bill Gates, maestro Gerard Schwartz, actor Tom Skerritt, writers Ann Rule, Robert Fulghum, and Tom Robbins.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Seattle - www.seattle.gov).
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SEATTLE WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Seattle and the Pacific Northwest generally have a wet climate. On average, it rains in Seattle at least 50% of the time, with the heaviest rain periods between January and May and between October and December. June, July and August are our driest and warmest months.

Temperatures in the summer usually hover around a pleasant 75.

In the winter, Seattle may see a handful of snow days per year: the last major snow event in Seattle was in 1997. However, in the winter of 2006/2007, the Puget Sound area experienced a number of damaging winter storms, lowland snow, wind storms, and a weeks-long string of below-freezing days -- it remains to be seen whether this winter is an anomaly or part of a larger climatological shift caused by global warming.

Seattle summer climate tends more toward the dry than the humid -- they get occasional summer thunderstorms, but not many, and tornados are rare.

The best way to prepare for visiting Seattle is to layer -- the climate, with hilly terrain's infamous "convergence zones", is unpredictable enough that you never know when a rain storm, a dry spell, or a sudden drop in temperature might occur. You'll notice many Seattleites who don't even use umbrellas -- after awhile, you just get used to the drizzle.

Rain jokes aside, Seattle has a milder climate than many other parts of the world, with less extreme variations in temperature, and a higher number of cloudy days with misty and damp weather.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Seattle - www.seattle.gov).
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