something, as a type, number, quantity, or degree, that represents a midpoint between extremes on a scale of valuation ----- im Durchschnitt
an increase in the average temperature of the earth's atmosphere, especially a sustained increase sufficient to cause climatic change ----- Erderwärmung
characterized by a great deal of water vapor, very damp ----- feucht
to wear (clothing) in layers, i.e. over or under another ----- mehrere Schichten Kleidung übereinander anziehen
difficult to foretell or foresee ----- schwer einschätzbar, unvorhersehbar
take place ----- geschehen, passieren
a fine, gentle, misty rain ----- Nieselregen
Seattle / Seattle Weather and Climate
Seattle and the Pacific Northwest generally have a wet climate. On average, it rains in Seattle at least 50% of the time, with the heaviest rain periods between January and May and between October and December. June, July and August are our driest and warmest months.
Temperatures in the summer usually hover around a pleasant 75.
In the winter, Seattle may see a handful of snow days per year: the last major snow event in Seattle was in 1997. However, in the winter of 2006/2007, the Puget Sound area experienced a number of damaging winter storms, lowland snow, wind storms, and a weeks-long string of below-freezing days -- it remains to be seen whether this winter is an anomaly or part of a larger climatological shift caused by global warming.
Seattle summer climate tends more toward the dry than the humid -- they get occasional summer thunderstorms, but not many, and tornados are rare.
The best way to prepare for visiting Seattle is to layer -- the climate, with hilly terrain's infamous "convergence zones", is unpredictable enough that you never know when a rain storm, a dry spell, or a sudden drop in temperature might occur. You'll notice many Seattleites who don't even use umbrellas -- after awhile, you just get used to the drizzle.
Rain jokes aside, Seattle has a milder climate than many other parts of the world, with less extreme variations in temperature, and a higher number of cloudy days with misty and damp weather.
(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Seattle - www.seattle.gov)