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Old 11-06-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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I am originally from NE Oregon and have friends in Portland area and SW WA. So I am somewhat familiar with the different climates within the States. I have been to Astoria and its beautiful and close to the Ocean. The less appealing part of Astoria is the icy, hilly terrain in the winter months. Are there any areas close by (within an hour) that have similar beauty but less ice? That is the part that I am not familiar with...in that part of NW Oregon.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I wasn't aware that ice is common in Astoria. The ocean actually moderates temperatures, to hear that Astoria is icy is a surprise to me. Highway 30 between Astoria and Portland can get icy, the closer to the Gorge the more winter cold weather.

You don't need to live on the hill.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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I wasn't aware that ice is common in Astoria. The ocean actually moderates temperatures, to hear that Astoria is icy is a surprise to me. Highway 30 between Astoria and Portland can get icy, the closer to the Gorge the more winter cold weather.

You don't need to live on the hill.
I was reading some old posts and I do recall when I was there (many years ago) the rain and myst would freeze on the roads...the hilly ones were quite slick. I think it was Jan or feb. Maybe I am mistaken. Maybe it does not happen that often. And you are right I do not have to live on the hills. Maybe others will clarify the commonality of the ice. THANKS!
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Under Mount Doom
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Any area near the mouth of the Columbia can be exposed to east winds and ice, though they are pretty infrequent on a yearly basis.

If you don't like ice, I would say anywhere south of Salem would be better, because the outflow winds dissipate away from the gorge. I would not have expected it to be a big deal in Astoria, though.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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Any area near the mouth of the Columbia can be exposed to east winds and ice, though they are pretty infrequent on a yearly basis.

If you don't like ice, I would say anywhere south of Salem would be better, because the outflow winds dissipate away from the gorge. I would not have expected it to be a big deal in Astoria, though.
I appreciate your input. I still think its the prettiest area, small, close to Portland and the coast. Also would be an easy drive to my friends in WA. I have lived in SW MO for 22 years now and am ready to reaquaint myself with scenic beauty ...skiing, the coast. I have a BS in Psychology so I need to be close to behavioral health facilities, hospitals etc too. All things to consider.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Tillamook maybe? There are some fairly substantial health facilities there.

If you were open to further south I'd say Florence, Waldport, Coos Bay, Brookings for less ice. But then you run into the job issue.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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This website gives climate data for Astoria. With winter months average only 7 days with a minimum temperature below freezing, I can't imagine that freezing is that much of an issue.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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This website gives climate data for Astoria. With winter months average only 7 days with a minimum temperature below freezing, I can't imagine that freezing is that much of an issue.
Cold winds from the north, coupled with fog off the ocean as the warmer Columbia River discharges into. Add in Oregon's typical misty rain and I can see Astoria getting quite a bit of black ice.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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This website gives climate data for Astoria. With winter months average only 7 days with a minimum temperature below freezing, I can't imagine that freezing is that much of an issue.
Well I certainly like the temps of only 7 days below freezing. I know here in Missouri...the wind chill can really bite you in the butt. We can have a 42 temp and the wind chill can freeze water making it feel like its 32. Astoria has great temps overall and it is georgeous. I love the snow...its that stuff you can't see sometimes that I don't like. I have been through ice, snow, tornadoes, and now earthquakes...I suppose I can handle just about anything now..LOL
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Temperature is the only thing that affects freezing; wind chill only affects how the air feels.
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