Revvy wrote:Only tourists use umbrellas in Seattle. The rest of us have hats, hoods, or a lack of care.
This is a myth. It's actually about half and half, and there's an age/job gap. It's one of those things a lot of young locals think "everyone knows" but it's not actually true. A lot of folks carry umbrellas but almost never break them out, because it doesn't often RAIN in Seattle. It drizzles and mists and sprinkles a lot, but it seldom pours down. Houston, New York, Boston, New Orleans actually get way more rain in inches than Seattle.
One thing that is true, however, is that locals here complain about the weather way more often than people in other areas, in spite of having the mildest climate in the country. If a person from Seattle ever met the rain in, say, Nashville, the "hat or hood or don't care" idea would die pretty quick.
Or so says this 4th-gen Seattle resident (who has also lived in Utah, Ohio, Tennessee, and New Jersey).