1. It doesn’t rain in Seattle as much as you think it does or does it?
Well this is a two part answer. No it doesn’t rain as much as people are led to believe. It does if you are measuring the days of rainfall Seattle gets per year.
At 38 inches of rain per year, we are not even in the top 50 list for annual rainfall in major U.S. Cities.
We are in the top 5 cities for the number of days of precipitation at 151 days per year.
We also average 226 cloudy days a year with only 58 days of clear skies. It’s no wonder people who move to Seattle suffer from S.A.D or Seasonal Affected Disorder.
It doesn’t rain almost 90% of the time. If you add up all the hours in a year, Seattle only gets rain 11% of the time.
Source: National Climatic Data Center, NOAA
2. Seattle is the largest city in America named after a Native American
For a time other cities like Olympia, Port Townsend and Port Gamble had been named, but the settlement now known as Seattle was nameless until a clerk in Olympia called it Duwamps to the dismay of the residents. At the insistence of Doc Maynard, the settlers quickly put together a less repulsive name.
Named after Chief Seattle (also known as Sealth, Seathle, Si’ahl, Seathl, Seeathl, or See-ahth) or si?al in his native Lushootseed language. He led the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes when settlers arrived in the greater Seattle area in the 1850s.