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View Poll Results: Which has the least crappy weather?
Vancouver 22 15.28%
Seattle 24 16.67%
Portland 98 68.06%
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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Portland has rarely gotten too hot in the summer the last few years, except for 2009. Some years you'll have a huge heat wave like in 2009, but it's been rare, and in those cases Seattle's going to be hot as well. But there's been summers where I rarely needed to use even a fan to cool off.

If 75-80 degree weather and no humidity is too hot for someone, I'd imagine most of the US is going to feel too hot for them in the summer. When it does get too hot in the Northwest there's always a chance to escape to the coast. And if the coast is too hot--well count your blessings, because the coast of BC, Washington or Oregon on a super hot and rare heat wave is great place to be.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY (By the way of Seattle)
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And that's why I abandoned the thought of trying to move to Vancouver BC, which I mulled over for a year or two. It was the realization that it was Canada's "Miami"...essentially one of the milder/warmer areas in the country.
And that's a bad thing because?
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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Portland has rarely gotten too hot in the summer the last few years, except for 2009. Some years you'll have a huge heat wave like in 2009, but it's been rare, and in those cases Seattle's going to be hot as well. But there's been summers where I rarely needed to use even a fan to cool off.

If 75-80 degree weather and no humidity is too hot for someone, I'd imagine most of the US is going to feel too hot for them in the summer. When it does get too hot in the Northwest there's always a chance to escape to the coast. And if the coast is too hot--well count your blessings, because the coast of BC, Washington or Oregon on a super hot and rare heat wave is great place to be.
80 isn't too hot for me. But Toronto has an average high of 80 in July, and it can sometimes get over 90.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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Well I think this graph speaks for itself showing how dark the pacific northwest is. In the summer time I would say that Portland is definitely a little warmer than Seattle and Vancouver. Really summer in Seattle doesn't officially start until the end of July. When it is sunny in Seattle and Vancouver the views are amazing, easily blows away anything else in North America in terms of beauty in close proximity to a major city.

But as another poster stated there is an amazing number of micro climates in between Portland and Vancouver B.C. You can literally drive 40 mins and go from anything ranging from sunny weather or drizzle to 10 feet of snow on the ground.



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Old 03-17-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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West Coast Perspective:

West Coast Winters - Average cloud cover & high/low temps over 3 months:

Pacific Northwest (PNW) - 95% cloudy, 40/30, pacific storm systems can last til June.

Bay Area & SAC - 50% cloudy, 55/45, receives 1/2 the pacific storms that the PNW gets. Pacific storm systems shut down after March.

Southern CA - 35% cloudy, 65/55, receives 1/4 the pacific storms that the PNW gets. Pacific storm systems on average shut down after Feb.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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All three sound perfect.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Well I think this graph speaks for itself showing how dark the pacific northwest is.

That is a great map, no wonder I did so bad in the midwest with days under 100, I grew up in over 200. It is also interesting see the more sun cities like NYC and Boston get to some of the midwest or interior great lakes, quite a difference.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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Arrow pull out the statistics

I'm from Vancouver, and if you can believe statistics, quite simply, the further North you go, the colder and wetter it gets.
Vancouver gets a LOT of rain due to its proximity to the coast mountains, being built on the windward side.
Portland also, being unprotected from Pacific Storms, gets its share of winter rain, whereas the Olympics protect Seattle Somewhat.

Portland is the sunniest (2300 hrs of sunshine annually, then Sattle at 2000, and Vancouver at 1800.)
Winters are mildest in Seattle as both Portland and Vancouver can have cold outflow winds, but spring comes earliest to Portland, then to Seattle, then to Vancouver a week or two later.

January averages in Fahrenheit: Portland 39°, Seattle 41°, and Vancouver at 38°

Portland has the warmest summers, (July mean 70°F, followed by Seattle at 66°F and Vancouver at 64°F)

Hope that gives all this some clarity

Regarding the map a few posts up, it seems as if that map was perhaps designed somewhat simplistically. The georgraphy of the Northwest is complex, and influenced by ranges of mountains. There are areas in Washington state, and in Oregon, which receive over 2200 hours of annual sunshine easily. Just east of the Cascade range in Washington and Oregon is a full scale sage-brush, sand dune, and scrub desert, with precipitation at a mere 7 inches. Included with that is summer heat, arid landscapes, and a LOT of sunshine.

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Old 07-19-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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Although I live in Seattle, at one point I had to go to Portland every weekend for 6 months. I remember how I'd get out my car in Portland and could literally feel how drier and warmer it was. I wouldn't underestimate the difference.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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The winds off the puget sound keep seattle cool in the summers while it can get quite uncomfortable in portland. Portland has the best spring, seattle has the bet summer and fall, and if your like me and enjoy colder winters hen vancouver has the best winters
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