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Old 03-30-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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One word I've never heard outside the NW is "sunbreak." And "spendy" but that's off topic.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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Okay, somebody tell MDCB about this thread.
Minervah is referring to MDCB's Moving to Portland thread, where he asked whether Portland has more days with highs nearing 80 F than Tucson does.

I was able to find an answer to his question (Source: Portland Weather History vs. Tucson Weather History).

DAYS WITH HIGHS BETWEEN 75-83 F
(January 2010 March 2011)

Portland vs. Tucson
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00 vs. 00 days in January
00 vs. 00 days in February
00 vs. 07 days in March
00 vs. 13 days in April
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02 vs. 05 days in May
07 vs. 00 days in June
10 vs. 01 days in July
12 vs. 01 days in August
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05 vs. 00 days in September
01 vs. 08 days in October
00 vs. 09 days in November
00 vs. 09 days in December
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37 vs. 53 days in 2010
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00 vs. 01 days in January
00 vs. 06 days in February
00 vs. 14 days in March
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37 vs. 74 days in January 2010 - March 2011


So Tucson has more ~80 degree days than Portland. On a related note, we haven't reached 60 F since December 13, 2010, which is a record for Portland. We usually reach 60 at least once by April. Maybe today we will get there!
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:29 PM
 
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Default March 13, 2011 - Morning Drizzle to Afternoon Rain

Overall, March of 2011 totaled 6.15 inches of precipitation, making this the fifth wettest March in Portland's recorded history, with 2.31 inches more than the normal for March (normal = 3.84 inches). Portland's wettest March was in 1957, with 7.52 inches of rain (Top 5 Wettest Months).

March of 2011 also saw 29 out of 30 days with rain, and 24 consecutive days of rain from March 7th through March 30th, breaking another record for March. The previous record had been 27 out of 30 days with measurable rain.

Yet another record was broken with the temperatures. Portland usually hits its first 60 day by February 16th (Source: Oregon Live). Previously, the longest Portland had gone before reaching 60 F was March 27, 1955. This year, Portland did not reach 60 F until April 1st.

On March 13th, it rained for most of the day, with 0.39 total inches of precipitation (above the normal of 0.12 inches, but well below the record of 1.02 inches, set in 1961). The high was 51 and the low was 46 F. Other wet days of note were as follows (Weather Underground - March 2011):

March 01 0.62 inches
March 04 0.37 inches
March 09 0.46 inches
March 10 0.68 inches
March 12 0.26 inches
March 13 0.39 inches
March 15 0.77 inches
March 16 0.38 inches
March 18 0.21 inches
March 26 0.30 inches
March 29 0.22 inches

Video #16 shows a glimpse of what the rain looked like on the afternoon of March 13th. You will notice that it was more windy than usual. It did not rain this heavily the entire day, however. Video #17 shows what the morning drizzle looked like during the Shamrock Run in downtown Portland, before the heavier rain set in. (My apologies for the quality of the video - the only morning videos I could find for this day were of the Shamrock Run).


Video #16 March 13, 2011 Milwaukie, Oregon



Video #17 March 13, 2011 Shamrock Run
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:36 PM
 
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Overall, March of 2011 totaled 6.15 inches of precipitation, making this the fifth wettest March in Portland's recorded history, with 2.31 inches more than the normal for March (normal = 3.84 inches). Portland's wettest March was in 1957, with 7.52 inches of rain (Top 5 Wettest Months).

March of 2011 also saw 29 out of 30 days with rain, and 24 consecutive days of rain from March 7th through March 30th, breaking another record for March. The previous record had been 27 out of 30 days with measurable rain.

Yet another record was broken with the temperatures. Portland usually hits its first 60 day by February 16th (Source: Oregon Live). Previously, the longest Portland had gone before reaching 60 F was March 27, 1955. This year, Portland did not reach 60 F until April 1st.

On March 13th, it rained for most of the day, with 0.39 total inches of precipitation (above the normal of 0.12 inches, but well below the record of 1.02 inches, set in 1961). The high was 51 and the low was 46 F. Other wet days of note were as follows (Weather Underground - March 2011):

March 01 0.62 inches
March 04 0.37 inches
March 09 0.46 inches
March 10 0.68 inches
March 12 0.26 inches
March 13 0.39 inches
March 15 0.77 inches
March 16 0.38 inches
March 18 0.21 inches
March 26 0.30 inches
March 29 0.22 inches

Video #16 shows a glimpse of what the rain looked like on the afternoon of March 13th. You will notice that it was more windy than usual. It did not rain this heavily the entire day, however. Video #17 shows what the morning drizzle looked like during the Shamrock Run in downtown Portland, before the heavier rain set in. (My apologies for the quality of the video - the only morning videos I could find for this day were of the Shamrock Run).


Video #16 March 13, 2011 Milwaukie, Oregon



Video #17 March 13, 2011 Shamrock Run

Looks like I picked a crazy time to move here. All this rain in march, I felt there was a little more than I was expecting (I was expecting some rain).
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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This year, Portland did not reach 60 F until April 1st.
*Correction: This year, Portland did not reach 60 F until March 31st.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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Looks like I picked a crazy time to move here. All this rain in march, I felt there was a little more than I was expecting (I was expecting some rain).
It was certainly a wet March, and we had fewer sunny days this March than last March (see chart below, taken from Weather Underground). There will likely be less rain next March, and perhaps a few more sunny days, but in general, be prepared for overcast skies in March (as discussed in previous posts).

Month & Year - Inches - Mostly Sunny Days
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March 2005 - 3.77 inches - 5 mostly sunny days
March 2006 - 2.95 inches - 1 mostly sunny days
March 2007 - 3.23 inches - 4 mostly sunny days
March 2008 - 3.73 inches - 0 mostly sunny days
March 2009 - 3.36 inches - 3 mostly sunny days
March 2010 - 3.58 inches - 5 mostly sunny days
March 2011 - 6.15 inches - 0 mostly sunny days


ffffffaaaaa1, I appreciated your Impressions of Portland thread because it provided readers with an honest report of what it was like for you to move here during a very rainy March! It will be interesting to see how your perceptions evolve over time.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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It was certainly a wet March, and we had fewer sunny days this March than last March (see chart below, taken from Weather Underground). There will likely be less rain next March, and perhaps a few more sunny days, but in general, be prepared for overcast skies in March (as discussed in previous posts).

Month & Year - Inches - Mostly Sunny Days
--------------------------------------------------
March 2005 - 3.77 inches - 5 mostly sunny days
March 2006 - 2.95 inches - 1 mostly sunny days
March 2007 - 3.23 inches - 4 mostly sunny days
March 2008 - 3.73 inches - 0 mostly sunny days
March 2009 - 3.36 inches - 3 mostly sunny days
March 2010 - 3.58 inches - 5 mostly sunny days
March 2011 - 6.15 inches - 0 mostly sunny days


ffffffaaaaa1, I appreciated your Impressions of Portland thread because it provided readers with an honest report of what it was like for you to move here during a very rainy March! It will be interesting to see how your perceptions evolve over time.
Thanks! So far I'm enjoying it...this place is very chilled! I like that I don't drive as much, really nice. Also I actually love the weather. But the all day rain deal is still tough to get used to. The one thing that helps is that it's warmer than minneapolis, which to me is a wonderful thing. The cold was driving me crazy!! So far going well, but still more to see. Thanks for the comment!
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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Plane and simple, it will rain every week from November to April!
dont mater if it's a sprinkle or a downpour. even a small amount of rain will leave you cold, wet and bitter when its under 50 degrees folks.
If you are a blue collar working outdoors for 6 months out of the year you will hate the rain. small sprinkle or big downpour!
If you work indoors, you are lucky to live hear.
Also probably because of the weather people here are hard to get to know, its called the Portland Freeze.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Default A year of Portland weather on video, at last!

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I stumbled upon a YouTube channel that offers 19 months of 24-hour timelapse videos of the Steel Bridge. These videos are all shot from the same location, looking east from downtown Portland towards the Steel Bridge. They mostly show the bridge and a nearby parking lot, but they also show the edge of the sky at the horizon, so it's possible to see a portion of the sky.

FULL MONTH TIMELAPSE 2010
Full Month of April
Full Month of May
Full Month of June
Full Month of July
Full Month of August
Full Month of September
Full Month of October
Full Month of November
Good find! I've been looking for something with this much detail of a full Portland year. I just wish they'd picked a location like Mt. Tabor looking west toward the incoming clouds with a 3:1 ratio of sky to land. I'll take what I can get, though.

The daily videos take too long to watch for an easy overview. Too bad they lack full month time-lapses for December, January, February and March. Is there a conspiracy to hide the worst gloom, with March being a month where people expect relief?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Default Yay!

This thread is so helpful! Thank You
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