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Old 04-13-2018, 06:51 AM
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San Francisco and Sacramento may share some elements with the PNW culturally but they feel distinct from the PNW. The rural parts of California near the Oregon border start to blend in with the PNW, esp once you get into the cascades.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by pnwguy2 View Post
That is quite a generalization, though on average, you are correct there are fewer sunnier days. The generalization is that the PNW has "few sunny breaks until July 3rd". Just not true. While the winter climate is generally cloudy in this region, it is not entirely cloudy, and in fact does offer sunshine in between storms. (Perhaps not to the extent of NoCal, but the generalization is mostly off base.)
I completely agree with T. Damon. The generalization is true, NorCal is Sunny, the PNW is Cloudy.

PNW storms are stronger, dump twice the rain, lasts twice as long and linger twice as long as the Bay Area/Sacramento. NorCal, 1/2 the Bay Area, Sacramento and the Sacramento Valley, even Tahoe offer "perpetual sunshine", the PNW simply does not offer that. The far Northwest of California is like the PNW.

For every Pacific storm that passes through the Bay Area/Sacramento/Sierra(NorCal), Portland/Seattle (PNW) gets 2 more. A typical NorCal storm lasts 1-2 days versus, 3-5 days for the PNW.

NorCal is known for getting High Pressure systems that block storms for weeks while the PNW gets these storms continually thoughout the winter and spring.

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Old 04-13-2018, 09:48 AM
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So take a drive down I-5, from Seattle(PNW) to Sacramento(NorCal) to San Diego(SoCal)

PNW - Green forested all around you, overcast, cloudy, rainy. Mountains: Dense Forest

NorCal - Green with Brown, forested, but with many open plains/grass areas/big valley oaks in the lower Sacramento Valley, but if you drive into Sacramento, for example, it can be very green, lots of trees; "endless sunshine". Mountains: Medium to Dense Forests

SoCal - Brown 4/5ths of the year, parched: If you go just beyond 30 miles from the Ocean its hot, very hot. Mountains: Brown, barren, barely forested, sickly looking forests. But not nearly as barren as Arizona.

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Old 04-13-2018, 03:22 PM
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Hills are tan in the summer, in the North Bay (counties north of San Francisco Bay).

North of that in California IS the Pacific Northwest.
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