Climate Change Could Turn Seattle Into an Umbrella City

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Seattle has long been known for its umbrella-shunning ways, but more extreme weather and heavier rain may put that ethos to the test.

The story of climate change is how the once-inconceivable  imperceptibly becomes inevitable. Ten or twenty years from now, extreme heat and flooding might reverse decades of Americans migrating from north to south. In the meantime, residents of Seattle might be forced to adopt antiquated technology to cope with increasing rainfall: umbrellas.

Axios reports that hotter average temperatures and heavier rainfalls have Pacific Northwest residents rethinking their hooded parkas. “It’s a double hazard to use an umbrella and look at your phone,” says local television host Knute “Mossback” Berger. “Maybe we need to license people to carry.”

Jokes aside (along with mixed metaphors), Seattle’s climbing umbrella population is another canary in the coal mine of climate change, underscoring how seemingly unbreakable social norms might flip in an instant. Will you be prepared when they do?

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