I’m on the streets before dawn, racing the sun in a city famous for its gloom. My destination: Louisa Boren Park. It’s two mostly uphill miles from my hotel and the name that came up first in my search for “best places to watch the sunrise in Seattle.” I’m a little too goal-oriented sometimes, perhaps, but it keeps me from wasting jet-lagged hours in my hotel room.
I head east toward the blueing sky over Capitol Hill, one of the seven hills that define the city’s landscape. I’m visiting from Louisville for a conference, and to see friends, who, to a person, described the sunny forecast for the week, with phrases like, “This isn’t normal,” at least not for winter, when the sun sometimes hides for weeks behind drizzly clouds.
Most of Seattle’s rain falls in the winter, which can see more than three times the precipitation seen in the summer months. The same weather forces that produce that rain also keep the city’s temperatures mild year-round. The average high in August is 75 degrees; the average low in January is 36.
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