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Old 06-06-2006, 05:08 PM
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I would like to know where the best weather is in Oregon? I don't want to be high up (health problems) and am currently looking at Ashland, Tangent, Jacksonville...any area below 2200 foot elevation. Is the air too foul? Are there better areas. Where is the warmth?
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Old 06-10-2006, 01:03 PM
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The answer depends on what other climate limitations you might have. As a broad general rule, the closer you get to the coast, the less sunshine and warmth you can expect. Southern Oregon is generally sunnier than northern Oregon. The southeast, near the Nevada border, has the sunniest weather and the warmest summers. The sunniest areas in Oregon are also the coldest in winter. Proximity to the ocean increases temperature mildness, but also increases cloud cover.
A lot of people are looking for a mix of good summer weather and mild winter weather. If you don't want winter snow, then you would be limited to areas west of the Cascades (which are not as sunny as areas to the east). The Willamette Valley is populous for a good reason --dry sunny summers with long springs and falls. Winter is four months of rain.
If you go to the Western Regional Climate Center's website and click on "General Climate Information", you can get national maps that show hours of sunshine and degree of sky cover.
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:03 PM
Location: Zed Zed Nine, Plural Zed Alpha
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The best weather in Oregon is in California!

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Old 10-15-2010, 04:25 PM
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Nowhere.who needs that darn sun anyway.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:09 AM
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If you're looking in the Medford/Ashland area you're probably looking in the best area. Spring comes earlier to the area than it does to the Willamette Valley. It can still be cold & icy at times in the winter but it gets about 1/2 the rain the WV cities get.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:50 AM
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Eastern Oregon is high desert and gets 300+ days of sun per year.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:51 AM
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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The rest area on I-5 close to Merlin, or the "Valley of the Rogue" rest area & campground.

My first choice would be "Kauai".
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:58 AM
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Look at areas east of The Dalles and Bend all the way to Idaho.

Boardman, Hermiston, Pendleton all have a lot of sun and get plenty hot in the summer. It is basically desert. Some areas of SE Oregon would make you think it's never rained there just looking at it...

Bone-dry desert or near-desert usually equates to lots of sun...

Last edited by skinem; 10-16-2010 at 11:10 AM..
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:15 AM
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Default The Rogue & Evans Valleys ~~

Grants Pass' city motto is: "It's The Climate" ~~ the months of May through October are beautiful, sunny, little (if none) rain, typical summer temperature and simply perfect !!

However, the rest of the year is cloudy, rainy, some snow, some frost, some black ice, typical winter ~~ perhaps in the Rogue Valley it is better than other Oregon weather extremes !
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:49 PM
Location: Tonto Basin
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Down by Brookings is an area called the banana belt, perhaps that could interest you.
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