Captain Clark (of Lewis and Clark) did name Dismal Nitch based on the weather, as was nearby Point Distress.Kennedy wrote: ↑Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:55 am Speaking of the western Washington weather, if you go a little further west of Vancouver, you'll find the Longbeach Peninsula. If you're heading north from Astoria and just over the bridge on the Washington side, you'll see one sign for "Dismal Nitch" and another sign for "Cape Disappointment."
Cape Disappointment was actually named based on trader John Meares failing to find the river he knew should be in the area (he thought the shallow and dangerous Columbia River bar was a bay). The weather is definitely very grey there, however. I spent a lot of time in the area growing up.
Deception Pass, a photo of which was shared earlier in the thread, was named for similar reasons - Captain Vancouver did not find the pass, and believed he was following a peninsula. One of his surveyors, Joseph Whidbey, explored inlets in the area in a smaller boat and unexpectedly found the pass.
Other good ones:
Jack Kerouac spent a couple months manning a fire lookout on Desolation Peak. His final words about the location don't tell us much directly about the name: "All I want is an ice cream cone."
Foulweather Bay was another name given during the Vancouver expedition, this time actually due to the weather.
Mount Horrible and Mount Misery were named by settlers due to storms they experienced in their first years.
Bitter Lake is one of numerous Pacific NW lakes surrounded by cedar trees whose tannic acid flavors the water and makes it brown.
Angry Mountain is a small peak near Mt. St. Helens known for accumulating particularly heavy clouds.