This is a retirement motivated question but relevant to traveling as well. We are about to take a trip to the Seattle area as tourists with a retirement agenda. In our research we've read about the rain shadow. If we do retire in the area it will be for the April - September half of the year. Our question is, during this half of the year is the difference in terms of sunny days and less rain and cloudiness between the rain shadow area and the non-rain shadow area significant enough to justify confining our search to the rain shadow area?
We realize this is a highly subjective question, but we love the sun and certainly if we intended to live in the Seattle area all year round, we would definitely stay within the rain shadow. However, it may very well be that during the April - September period Seattle is itself sunny enough that there's no real advantage to confining ourselves to the rain shadow area. Thanks.