The style of living and working in the Pacific Northwest is productive, yet cordial and informal. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are typically mild. Despite the reputation of the Pacific Northwest as a rain-soaked place, the actual average amount of precipitation in Seattle is less than that of most Midwest and East Coast cities such as Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC.
On average, it rains 30-40 inches a year in Seattle and the surrounding coastal regions. Snowfall is very infrequent: some years Seattle may see only a flurry, other years -- enough to close the University campus. Since 1988, there has been enough snow to close the University twice for a day or two. Seattle never gets very hot or very cold. The Puget Sound moderates our temperature and the Olympic Mountains takes the brunt of most storms heading inland from the West.
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