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Report: Seattle has 2nd-most depressing winter in the U.S.

SEATTLE -- Breaking news: It's cloudy in the winter in Seattle.

So cloudy, the Emerald City has been anointed as having the second-most depressing winter in the United States, so says website SmartAsset.com.

I guess the point of the research is to help people decide where they want to live if they don't want "depressing" winters.

Seattle scores lots of gloomy points for being the northern most major city in the U.S., which means we have the least amount of daylight in the heart of winter. Combine that with it coinciding with the rainy season and you get fall and winter months when it rains on 20-23 of the 30-31 days and, according to the site, only get 28% of possible sunshine.

Seattle is only "out-depressed" by Anchorage, Alaska -- mainly because it's even colder and darker there in the winter. Portland comes in 3rd and Spokane comes in 4th -- all for the same reasons, only Seattle gets the essential tie breaker to being slightly darker and cloudier.

But are the winters here really "depressing"? A lot of residents would raise their hands, but not all of them. Some -- like me -- actually enjoy the cloudy, drizzly days. There's something refreshing about the cleansing effect on the air our rainy days have. Yeah, makes soccer games a bit of a chilly mud bath, but badge of local honor, right?

I've run polls before throughout my weather career here trying to gauge how many locals like the clouds and rain, and it usually comes out to about 35-42 percent saying they are more a "rain fan" than a "sun fan" -- not a majority, but a pretty significant minority.

And I'll bet if you used the same criteria, you'd find Seattle ranks among the top cities in the nation for "least-depressing" summer. The tables totally turn: Daylight and sunshine are abundant; rain, oppressively humid days, searing heat, and clouds are not.

So let's try the poll again. Do you think Seattle winters would qualify was second-most depressing?


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