April Showers bring May flowers. That's how the saying goes right? As I write this, we are in February but I also love planning ahead! Over here where I live (Eastern WA) I don't have to worry about all the rain, even in the springtime (even if I just jinxed myself, that's ok, I love rain). The West Side of Washington State However, does have to deal with the rain, all year round.

How much rain on average does Seattle WA get in a year?

"Seattle averages 39.34 inches of precipitation a year, with the vast majority falling as rain instead of snow." - Source

How much rain on average does Eastern WA get in a year?

"Eastern Washington has a highly varied climate ranging from near desert conditions in the south central Columbia basin (below 10 inches of precipitation a year) to over 40 inches in the mountainous areas found in both the northeastern and south eastern corners of the region." - Source

I told you there was a difference.


To really reiterate the differences, I have only ever owned rain boots for "looks" not even kidding.

So, when this Question popped up on Reddit, I was intrigued, I had no idea what to even say and I'm just a few short hours from the rainy side.

Also, I'm a Washington Girl. Don't we only own North Face and Patagonia? (I graduated in 2008, prime fleece North Face days. And Proud of it)

Best rain gear for durability?
byu/willowrosee inWashington

And Like Reddit does best, users provided some really solid advice!

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Whatever you choose to buy, remember everyone is different and you may only need an umbrella, or maybe you need the whole rain jacket and boots aisle. That's ok.

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