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Old 10-21-2007, 03:36 PM
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I'm in Miami and the humidity is really bad. Portland seems like a cool place, I'm thinking about relocating from Miami. Is Portland a humid place? I'm not exactly an expert on weather but I assumed that humidity is a lot less on the west coast than it is on the east coast but I don't know if this is true or not.
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:41 PM
Location: coos bay oregon
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we do have humidity, but not the temps you have there. It can get humid here, (well, DOES i should say) but from what Ive heard, its nothing like what you must be used to. One of my co-workers spends a couple weeks each year in Florida, and the first day or so, shes braggin about the weather, within about 2 days though, she is calling, counting the hours til she comes back. I hear the humidity there is so bad you can be dripping wet just walking to your mailbox..that just walking to your car from front door to curb, glasses get fogged up ....is it really that bad?!?!?
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:32 PM
Location: home...finally, home .
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I think that anywhere almost East of the Rockies has humid summers. Not sure why this is, though.
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Old 10-21-2007, 05:27 PM
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I moved here last year from WPB and while it is humid, it is not sticky. It only seems to be humid here when it is cool outside but it doesnt seems as suffocating as Fl. When it is warm and sunny the humidity is usually really low and it feels comfortable. In a year here, I have never walked outside and immediatly started sweating like I do in Fl.
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:01 PM
Location: Fairbanks
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I have found the humidity here feels different. In Georgia/Florida I felt like I could barely breath and I was sweating right out of the shower. It is definitely moist here, moss and mold is everywhere but it's much more tolerable as it's a colder environment.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:30 PM
Location: coos bay oregon
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definatly its the mold ya gotta look out for!! Especially along the coast line!! We fought it the whole time we were living right on the bay, but then again, it was an OLD house, sealed, no air flow, w/big gaps where the windows had settled down. We compounded the problem by being ignorant and putting our furniture/dressers/etc. flush against the wall. Big no-no.
The worst prob. Ive had personally w/humidity, is it makes those cute little window stickers peel right back off. sigh. But hey, I can live with that! lol
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:10 AM
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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The lack of humidity in summer is what most attracts me to Portland but of course there are many other things. As someone put it to me: "When the sun goes up the humidity goes down." Summer days are glorious.
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:39 AM
Location: DC Area, for now
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As for why it is so sticky in summer east of the Rockies - the high humidity comes from the Gulf of Mexico and on the east coast the Atlantic. They call it a Bermuda high that picks up moisture from the warm shallow waters around Bermuda and pumps it to the east coast and dew points rise into the 70's. Add that to warm temps into 80's and 90's and it gets sticky.

From the data, Portland's dew points seem to stay in the 50's in the summer so even with temps in the 80's it is considerably drier.

I think it could feel pretty cold and clammy there in the winter tho.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:31 AM
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[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Weather has not been great the past two years here in Portland, Oregon…summer 2011 started after July 4th (had rain till then) was beautiful until late September when the rains have started once again….No one really could grow a garden this year and most people are just grumpy at the moment, likely from the lack of Vitamin D – myself include. This has been the second year we have had a very short summer, so if you seriously thinking about moving here…I hope you like the rain and gray skies….you will not see the sunshine for weeks at time…on a personal note: I am thinking of moving Northern California …..how is Sacramento? Anyone know the good and bad of the city?[/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Thanks in advance![/SIZE][/FONT]
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:55 AM
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As far as numbers/statistics go, I'm not sure but I, coming from Florida myself, do feel it's humid here unlike dry California and Nevada where there are deserts. The reasons that humidity is very noticeable in Florida are:

1) Swamp lands >> moisture build up
2) Small (land size) state
3) No mountains and deserts >> no place for the moisture to be dissipate
4) 3/4 of the its border is surrounded by ocean >> moisture build up from ocean air
5) Heat being close to the equator >> gives you the sensation of a wall of hot air when you leave an AC cooled building/house
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