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Unread 01-01-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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Question Questions on CURRENT sunny weather & rain noise

Here are two weather questions for anyone who lives in/near Portland and isn't tired of this topic.

1) I see from online forecasts that Portland is having a string of 4 mostly sunny days (1/1/11 to 1/4/11). For those who've lived there for years, does this seem unusual? I assume it's welcomed by most.

2) What percentage of Portland's rain can you actually hear hitting your roof (in a typical one-story house) vs. the "mist" rain that you wouldn't really hear? It's a psychological factor I was wondering about.

Thanks.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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1) I see from online forecasts that Portland is having a string of 4 mostly sunny days (1/1/11 to 1/4/11). For those who've lived there for years, does this seem unusual? I assume it's welcomed by most.

Not unusual. Happens in the winter when the wind is from the east (high pressure on the east side of the Cascades). The sun is nice but the associated chill is not. You will hear from some of us old timers, "Too cold to snow." in the Wmt. Valley,

2) What percentage of Portland's rain can you actually hear hitting your roof (in a typical one-story house) vs. the "mist" rain that you wouldn't really hear? It's a psychological factor I was wondering about.

That depends on how well your roof is insulated. More commonly you hear it when it hits the windows as wind driven rain. How often that happens depends in large part on whether or not your home is exposed to east or westward storms.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Very typical for the Portland area this time of year.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Tualatin, Oregon
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1) I see from online forecasts that Portland is having a string of 4 mostly sunny days (1/1/11 to 1/4/11). For those who've lived there for years, does this seem unusual? I assume it's welcomed by most.

Not unusual. Happens in the winter when the wind is from the east (high pressure on the east side of the Cascades). The sun is nice but the associated chill is not. You will hear from some of us old timers, "Too cold to snow." in the Wmt. Valley,

2) What percentage of Portland's rain can you actually hear hitting your roof (in a typical one-story house) vs. the "mist" rain that you wouldn't really hear? It's a psychological factor I was wondering about.

That depends on how well your roof is insulated. More commonly you hear it when it hits the windows as wind driven rain. How often that happens depends in large part on whether or not your home is exposed to east or westward storms.
Agreed on both, although my specific answer to #2 is "rarely, unless you plan on living in a tent".
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Unread 01-01-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I have a skylight on the vaulted ceiling of my two story house. That's mostly from where I can hear the rain. And I sleep with a window open almost year round, except on the coldest nights. With that I can hear the rain pounding on my and my neighbor's roof. It's just about my favorite sound in the world. I even thought once about getting a baby monitor set up outside to better hear the rain. I didn't, but it's not out of the question.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Here are two weather questions for anyone who lives in/near Portland and isn't tired of this topic.

1) I see from online forecasts that Portland is having a string of 4 mostly sunny days (1/1/11 to 1/4/11). For those who've lived there for years, does this seem unusual? I assume it's welcomed by most.

2) What percentage of Portland's rain can you actually hear hitting your roof (in a typical one-story house) vs. the "mist" rain that you wouldn't really hear? It's a psychological factor I was wondering about.

Thanks.
1. It's very common. Sunny weather is usually welcome, but in the winter, it's generally accompanied by colder weather. Which it is. Very cold. The cloud layer acts as an insulation.

2. Very rarely. I work in a windowless building, and it's rare enough that I can hear rain, that it makes me go to the door and look out.
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Unread 01-02-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Here are two weather questions for anyone who lives in/near Portland and isn't tired of this topic.

1) I see from online forecasts that Portland is having a string of 4 mostly sunny days (1/1/11 to 1/4/11). For those who've lived there for years, does this seem unusual? I assume it's welcomed by most.

2) What percentage of Portland's rain can you actually hear hitting your roof (in a typical one-story house) vs. the "mist" rain that you wouldn't really hear? It's a psychological factor I was wondering about.

Thanks.
1. I haven't lived here for years yet, but went over years of past weather pattern records before moving here, and this does seem normal. Though it's kind of nice to see the sun (and it warms the side of the apartment that's mostly windows), I'd actually prefer it to be cloudy/misty/drippy-rainy; it's too cold when it's clear (like today).

2. I don't hear the rain much on our townhouse roof; as someone else mentioned, it's mainly when the wind-driven rain hits the windows that one hears it. I enjoy that sound, however.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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I have a skylight on the vaulted ceiling of my two story house. That's mostly from where I can hear the rain. And I sleep with a window open almost year round, except on the coldest nights. With that I can hear the rain pounding on my and my neighbor's roof. It's just about my favorite sound in the world. I even thought once about getting a baby monitor set up outside to better hear the rain. I didn't, but it's not out of the question.
It's a wonderful sound and it used to lull me to sleep in my top-floor bedroom when I was a kid.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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I grew up in Portland and moved to California. I miss that rain noise. All I get now is loud banging and pounding noises from the neighbor.
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