Umbrellas? We don't need no stinkin' umbrellas!​

GettyImages-687863952.jpg​While it's an urban legend that Northwesterners buy more sunglasses than other Americans (regionally, the South beats the West by about 15%, according to our friends at KUOW), we still likely don more than our share of shades.

That's slightly ironic considering our un-affinity for umbrellas. Here in a region famous for rain and gray skies, 78% of Washingtonians and Oregonians say they're unlikely to use one. About half say they never do, according to our latest PEMCO Poll.

Northwesterners, it appears, take the expression "sunny outlook" to truly new levels.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they have a positive opinion of the climate overall, and 53% said they're even OK with how much it rains. Still, if you're not one with the moss, know that you're far from alone. About a quarter of us rely on supplements or medications to cope with the gloom while 17% go on vacation to get our sun fix.

As for me, I don't mind our Novembril weather. Having racked up two inches of rain in Seattle last week, we're only about one inch short of the average for the entire month of April. I figure dry skies must be on their way!

Now, if I could just find my sunglasses. ...

Read the complete "Rain, rain ... it's OK" PEMCO Northwest Poll, in which Seattle's FBK Research surveyed 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents. 

by  Derek Wing



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