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  • I did a lot of work in the Vancouver area for a contractor working on a project for the GVRD back in 1994-1997 timeframe.

    It is a beautiful area. It does rain a lot, but it's probably not what you are thinking of when you think of rain. Thunderstorms are quite rare and most of the rain is mist.

    They have as much rainfall in the Houston TX area yearly as they do in Seattle, but in Houston when it decides to rain, it RAINS.

    Personally, I love the misty weather. I feel fine during the dark periods and when

    • Yeah, Seattle gets close to 300 days a year (IIRC) of precipitation, but not a lot of inches compared to other places with far fewer. I was in Houston for a summer in the early 90s ... man, you'd think with rains like that, they would build houses that don't flood so easily.

      Anyway, I prefer more sunshine than not, but oh well.
      • I was once involved in preparing a bid for a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the City of Houston City Water and Sewer system.

        The bid requirement documents, up front, in the first paragraph, if I remember correctly, referred to the fact that the Storm sewers in Houston could handle x million gallons/day. It went on to say that the peak demand on them would be 3*x million gallons/day.

        I think they were making sure all the bidders knew that they would not be, in any way, held responsible for any flooding that might occur.

        It's just so flat there that there's no way to clear all that water. The area where the Johnson Space Center is now was once a big swamp that had been drained.

        Of all the places I've lived, I think I like Salt Lake City best for the weather, although they have nasty winter inversions that cause the smog to settle into the valley for weeks at a time. However, it's probably irresponsible to live in Salt Lake City, because it's a desert and can't really support that many people. Perhaps the same could be said of Houston, but for the opposite reason. It's naturally a big swamp (or wetland) and we should probably leave it alone.