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I doubt that it's to show ones manliness. When you are used to rain (I bet everyone that lived in London for more than a week is), you know when it's not strong enough to get you wet and when it's really time to take your umbrella or get a shelter. I usually carry an umbrella, but use it only when I see that otherwise I'm going to get soaked. Walking down a crowded street with an umbrella is often simply too much of a hassle.

When you've lived long enough in Bergen, Norway you realize it rains very few other places in the world. It's just that locals around the world whine a lot ;-)

I love this (presumably automatic) characterization from:


"A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December."

Yeah, sounds about right.

I love the rain, so I'm now considering moving to Bergen. Thanks :)

Driving in my naked Jeep in a warm summer rain is a delight. Sadly, I doubt Bergen has a lot of warm summer rains.

The thing is it doesn't actually rain that much in London.

I mean it rains a bit but reputation for rain is far in excess of the reality if you were to compare it with many north American cities.

Have a look at http://www.worldclimate.com/ to compare. London is pretty dry.

Where I live now, in China, I don't carry an umbrella. When it rains, it pours. For ages. So an umbrella is little help.

In London, rain is much lighter, but much more frequent and much less predictable. So carrying an umbrella is a must.

I forgot this on my last trip to London. It was sunny when I got on the underground at Heathrow. By the time I got to central London, it was pouring, and I was soaked by the time I had walked to the office.

It's not the total amount of rainfall but the number of rainy days. IIRC it rains about 30% of days in March.

The same is true in Seattle which has similar weather.

Coats, hats, and hoodies are much more common than are umbrellas, unless it's raining cats and dogs.

I live in Seattle and I agree: the umbrella shame is real.

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