Seattle, population 536,000 (2000), built on seven hills,
between Elliot Bay of Puget Sound and Lake Washington.
Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, is the
region's commercial, financial, transportation, and industrial
hub and a major port of entry, important in both East Asian
and Alaskan trade.
A center of aircraft manufacturing and shipbuilding since
World War Ⅱ, the city is headquarters for the Boeing Company,
which employs a significant number of residents, as does the
Seattle now has numerous major terminals, a 600-boat commercial
fishing terminal, and a huge marina for private boats.
In 2001 an earthquake did major damage to the city, mainly
in the historic Pioneer Square area.
The city is a cultural center with numerous museums and art
galleries, including a Gehry-designed rock museum, a variety
of theater and musical organizations, an arboretum, a zoo,
and a modern public library.
Seattle's reputation for rain is somewhat undeserved - catching
just 38in (97cm) per year. When it comes to damp and chilly,
though, not many places in the US can touch Seattle.
Averaging only 55 days of sunshine a year, you can pretty
well expect to see some form of fog, mist or cloud while you're
This pervasive grayness tends to make the city's otherwise
moderate temperatures - winter highs top out around 50°F (10°C),
summer highs float between 75 and 85°F (25 to 30°C) - seem
The majority of rain falls between November and April. Snow
is unusual, though when it comes, it comes down heavy. Summer
is the choicest time for a visit, when marine clouds in the
morning tend to burn off completely by afternoon. Spring and
fall attempt to confuse residents with alternating rain and
sun throughout the day.
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2001
Lonely Planet World Guide / Destination Seattle
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