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These colorful umbrellas at Sabra sandwich shop are meant to shield patrons from the summer sun, but serve double duty today as we have had a summer storm move in and showers will be coming. Would it surprise you to know that Seattle's annual rainfall is actually less than New York City's, Chicago's or Miami's? That's because, like Paris, when it rains here it's usually only intermittent showers. That's why many Seattlites forgo toting an umbrella, employing just a hood or hat in all but a downpour. Seattle does tend to have more cloudy days than most US cities, though; an average of 225 days a year. A lot of those are only partly cloudy days in which we enjoy sun breaks. Then there was last spring's lingering gray wintriness. . .which we completely forgot about during July's 20 straight days of beautiful blue skies!