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I would like to vacation in Washington but heard there is so much rain, is there a time...

I would like to vacation in Washington but heard there is so much rain, is there a time of year that is best to visit? We were originally planning on traveling in September.
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     asked this on March 27, 2011 at 07:36 PM
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July, August and September are "usually" wonderful and this can continue into and through October.

November, December, January and February can be rainy but it won't really stop you for touring around and enjoying Seattle. Some of the best mountain views can be in the winter.

March, April and May are progressively better but most anything can happen.

June should be nice but not consistently.

Really, Seattle is one of those places you just go and enjoy - there is something for everyone most any time of the year. With good weather you'll find bigger crowds so I would take a chance on May, June and September for balance.
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Weather in Seattle is definitely hit or miss. Some years it can be dry and balmy through the end of October, and other years (like this year) the temperature drops and the rain sets in starting in September. I think the most reliable times to come if you want dry weather are July and August. One thing to keep in mind is that even if it does rain, it rarely down pours, so being outside is not unbearable. Just grab a rain coat and a latte and start exploring!
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Washington gets a bad rap for its rain, though there's no doubt it does suffer from long but wet winters. Look at the stats, though, and you'll see that Seattle doesn't even make the top 50 for rainiest cities in the U.S. (those honors go mostly to humid, sticky southern spots like Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA. Olympia, WA, does make the top 20, probably because it's more exposed to Pacific Ocean precipitation (whereas Seattle is sheltered behind the Olympic Mountain range, which catches some of that rain like a catcher's mitt). All that said, summers in Washington are relatively dry and it's a fabulous spot to enjoy the outdoors. September should be good, too. I was in the Birch Bay, WA, area one June and didn't see a drop of rain.
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