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Old 08-17-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Philly
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not to get OT, but the comment on Pitt humidity inspired me to look up portland. if the graphs are accurate, it appears portland is incredibly humid every morning but in summer it burns off by the afternoon. is that the way it works? the precipitation chart is fascinating as well.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Under Mount Doom
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not to get OT, but the comment on Pitt humidity inspired me to look up portland. if the graphs are accurate, it appears portland is incredibly humid every morning but in summer it burns off by the afternoon. is that the way it works? the precipitation chart is fascinating as well.
Well, that is very true. I am trying to pull together a scientific paper on the role of morning marine clouds on native vegetation in Oregon. The fabled redwoods of N. California owe their continued existence to the summer fogs.

As for comfort, Portland and Seattle summers are a totally different animal. Most mornings in Portland are in the low to mid 50s, peaking in the high 70s to low 80s with low afternoon humidity. It is generally cool, and much more comfortable than Pittsburgh. Also the cool marine air prevents thunderstorms, so summers are surprisingly dry. Down where I live in S. Oregon, we have a few more mountains between us and the sea, and summer get hot 90s - 100+ with blazing sunshine. It is really hard to do much outdoors when it is that damn hot and sunny. In Pittsburgh, I was warm, but I could exercise. Here, I would get a sunburn and heat stroke. We also get occasional thunderstorms here, today was a doozy, and much needed.
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Glad you enjoyed Pittsburgh! Your impression of the people here seems correct. My parents from Michigan always complain when they come here that "the people are so weird-looking."
haha...that would be a major plus for me!

My parents are from Michigan as well...and pretty much everything is weird to them...

When I go back to Michigan, I always find it weird that everyone is so damn predictable and NOT so interesting in appearance, thinking, etc.

But maybe more to do with rural MI versus a city like Pittsburgh - as most of MI cities are pretty grim places not often inhabited in that same kind of city people vein of other cities in other states.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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Just so you know, I never said people were weird-looking, just a lot of characters. Like the greasy mofo who whipped me out a jalapeno dog to go with my tall boy at midnight one night at The Original. And the short black woman who loudly endorsed all my food and beverage choices. "Yea, great choice, you got it figured out!" I thought it was all righteous. Weird? Well, maybe, but in a good way.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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I had the pleasure of visiting both your fair city of Portland and southern Oregon (Medford, Eagle Point and Prospect) just two weeks ago. I must agree with your comparison of the two cities Portland and Pittsburgh as I remarked to my wife how much Portland reminded me of Pittsburgh. The city itself looks remarkably similar with the river winding through.
Southern Oregon was absolutely beautifull! I loved the weather as we saw highs in the 90's during the day and lows near 60 at night. The lack of humidity was different to say the least and quite comfortable to say the most. I would have never known it was 90 degrees without seeing a thermometer and the sun didn't bother me a bit. The scenery is fantastic and Crater Lake is like nowhere I have ever seen. And that's saying something. I'd move there tomorrow but the wife is convinced it rains everyday of every month with the exception of Summer. LOL!
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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I had the pleasure of visiting both your fair city of Portland and southern Oregon (Medford, Eagle Point and Prospect) just two weeks ago. I must agree with your comparison of the two cities Portland and Pittsburgh as I remarked to my wife how much Portland reminded me of Pittsburgh. The city itself looks remarkably similar with the river winding through.
Southern Oregon was absolutely beautifull! I loved the weather as we saw highs in the 90's during the day and lows near 60 at night. The lack of humidity was different to say the least and quite comfortable to say the most. I would have never known it was 90 degrees without seeing a thermometer and the sun didn't bother me a bit. The scenery is fantastic and Crater Lake is like nowhere I have ever seen. And that's saying something. I'd move there tomorrow but the wife is convinced it rains everyday of every month with the exception of Summer. LOL!
Hi Mr. Marlow,

Glad you checked out S. Oregon. A great corner of the world. I really like the weather here. Four mild seasons, and plenty of sun, rain, and even an occasional thunderstorm! Our hot,dry summers slow knock back the mildew that grows behind our ears all winter. Seriously, the weather would be no problem for a Pittsburgher. The housing prices and economy, however, might make you want to bend down and kiss that moist Pittsburgh ground you live on!
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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LOL! Yes, one of my favorite shows to watch is Househunters and I've noticed on a few of them that took place in Portland that the cost of housing compared to what you get is a bit on the high side, relatively speaking.
That being said however, I can't see Mt Hood from the porch of my home in the burgh.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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LOL! Yes, one of my favorite shows to watch is Househunters and I've noticed on a few of them that took place in Portland that the cost of housing compared to what you get is a bit on the high side, relatively speaking.
That being said however, I can't see Mt Hood from the porch of my home in the burgh.

Hmmm...well that snowcapped peak you don't see is probably saving you $400-500/ month on the mortgage each month. Where I live, Ashland, Oregon, is even more expensive. For views, I get to pay $600/ mo. extra see unobstructed vistas of McMansions built by retiring Californians. I could complain, but at least I HAVE a job, which is good for Oregon, so I will just thank my stars. Point is, Oregon is certainly beautiful, but to a working stiff hoping to get a break, the Burgh has a beauty all its own...
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