These gray skies can sure bring on the winter blues. But is it just that or perhaps something more? Winter months in the Pacific Northwest are often known to bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder.
With the weather we've been seeing in Spokane it's not a huge surprise that people often experience SAD. Doctors say it is a real thing and is classified as a modifier to serious depression.
Even in the most beautiful of cities, gray skies can make people feel, well, kind of blue.
"It only affects me when we have low light and the less light we have, like right now, the more depressed I can get," said Spokane Valley resident Midge Stumm, who has SAD.
"I'd love to go to Palm Spring and spend the winter but it's a little cost prohibitive," she added.
Instead she uses several methods to beat the blues.
"Chocolate is probably the best one but the worst on my hips," she said with a smile.
While some attribute the winter blues to just plain old grumpiness, doctors say SAD is a condition.
"And we know it exists. We tend to see it more in the northern areas like here," said Dr. Jeff Wirthlin.