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Old 09-17-2007, 09:28 AM
 
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From what I see in the climate data, Eugene has on average 1/3 clear, 1/3 partly cloudy and 1/3 cloudy days per year. The highest rainfall is in Nov, Dec, Jan. 40% of the year has over .01 inch, 24% over .1 inch, dropping to 7% with over .5 inch. I realize I need to LIVE there to understand if this will be difficult for me. I have visited about 5 times but never in the rainy season. I have a couple questions:
1) are there areas of/around town that are less rainy than others ?
2) is it rainier around the rivers?
3) is it rainy in the more elevated areas and where would those be?
4) when it rains is it more misty on most days (sounds like that would be the case except on days when it gets over .5 inches)?
5) how many days can go by without seeing the sun? not asking for sunny skies, just seeing the sun thru the clouds...

Thinking of Eugene, Junction City or Veneta (Southwest or Northwest of Eugene). Are these more or less rainy? The reason I ask is I lived in places where it would mist for 3 days then be clear and also in places where it rained more for a day then be clear the next day.

Also any tips on keeping it dry inside - I have a dehumidifier.

Thanks in advance for insights.

Attached the data I have collected if interested. Hopefully the file saved okay in txt.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:25 PM
 
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:12 PM
 
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From what I see in the climate data, Eugene has on average 1/3 clear, 1/3 partly cloudy and 1/3 cloudy days per year. The highest rainfall is in Nov, Dec, Jan. 40% of the year has over .01 inch, 24% over .1 inch, dropping to 7% with over .5 inch. I realize I need to LIVE there to understand if this will be difficult for me. I have visited about 5 times but never in the rainy season. I have a couple questions:
1) are there areas of/around town that are less rainy than others ?
2) is it rainier around the rivers?
3) is it rainy in the more elevated areas and where would those be?
4) when it rains is it more misty on most days (sounds like that would be the case except on days when it gets over .5 inches)?
5) how many days can go by without seeing the sun? not asking for sunny skies, just seeing the sun thru the clouds...

Thinking of Eugene, Junction City or Veneta (Southwest or Northwest of Eugene). Are these more or less rainy? The reason I ask is I lived in places where it would mist for 3 days then be clear and also in places where it rained more for a day then be clear the next day.

Also any tips on keeping it dry inside - I have a dehumidifier.

Thanks in advance for insights.

Attached the data I have collected if interested. Hopefully the file saved okay in txt.
Here are a few answers based on my observations having lived in Eugene for about 5 years. I currently live in Corvallis (about 45 mi north). Current residents: please correct me if I'm way off base.

1) I would imagine that Veneta is a bit more rainy than Eugene proper or Junction City, but the difference is probably negligible because they are all roughly the same elevation. When the winter fronts come off of the Pacific they are regional events. In general, higher elevations get more precipitation than the flats of the Valley.

2) The rivers are the lowest elevation, but I don't think there is any effect on precipitation (either rainier or less rainy).

3) Yes (see #1). The Coast Range to the west and south of Eugene and the foothills of the Cascades to the east of Eugene. Eugene proper is mostly in the valley, although South Eugene is hilly. Veneta is in the lower part of the Coast Range, and Junction City is completely flat.

4) Most of the winter storms are low intensity and long duration, so we'll a variation of precipitation that ranges from moderate rains to periods of light rain to drizzle. We call it "drizzle" when it's really light and sparse rather than mist. We'll get a good heavy rain a few times a winter as well.

5) This may be the biggest misconception--that Eugene and the rest of Western Oregon is totally socked in for weeks on end. Not true. We get what we call "sunbreaks" frequently.

Enjoy the summer, winter will come all too soon!
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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You are micro-managing stats.

What if you move and a ten year trend happens?

Go with the basics.
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Old 09-23-2007, 04:19 PM
 
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It does rain in Eugene alot during the winter - I've lived here for about 15 years - and it really is overcast and cloudy with rain from about November - May. Yes, we do get occasional sunbreaks but they are few and far between. It is very beautiful here in the spring, summer and early fall when the sun comes back out. But, I have to admit I get really sick of the weather during the winter. The nicest areas of Eugene to live in in my opinion are E Eugene, SE, and SW.
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