Call it Northwest noir: An animated video separates fact from fiction regarding the weather around Seattle.

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Dark afternoons. Wet sidewalks. Damp shoes that squeak like the door hinge in a cheap hotel room. There’s something about Seattle’s gloomy season that brings out the film noir in some of us. But, like a coldhearted dame or a too-slick gigolo, you can leave it — or learn to love it. Watch the video above to find out how.

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Animation credits: Art/animation: Kelly Shea; script: Moira Macdonald; music: Bruce Monroe; narration: Audrey Carlsen.