Often known for its rainy days, Tacoma has seen an influx of snow and hail lately, as well as crystalized trees from the mixture of snow and rain. It is not uncommon to experience every kind of weather in one day: snow, sleet, hail, rain, sun, wind, clouds, clear skies, etc. You will not see many people carrying an umbrella, though. Students are often coated only in rain gear. One can spot a visitor or teacher by the black or striped umbrella and often assume that they aren't a localized student.
The weather may prove a hindrance or deterrent for weekend activities. Activities such as hiking are still feasible, but might be less appealing on a damp, gray day. When the sun does come out to play, so too does everyone on campus. The rain really makes you appreciate those days. It is unfortunate that many students leave over the summer because it is a lush, warm season replete with clear, blue skies that reflect over the sound.