3. The climate is a large influence upon Seattle lifestyles and design, but not really in the way you might think. "One misconception is that it always rains and so we don't go outside," says Farkas. "The truth is that while it stays gray for much of the winter, it rarely rains hard and doesn't get that cold. So, you put on a rain jacket and go about your business. Similarly, if you have a good roof overhang and some wind protection, outdoor spaces can be used year-round. Also, the summers are glorious: long days and no rain — we haven't had a drop in 44 days. Yet another reason for usable outdoor space."