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Old 06-03-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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jeez....another person claiming its crappy here w/no sun for 9months.....sigh....

I don't understand why locals continue to feel like they need to deny the very definite fact that it is grey here for a very large amount of time. It's like someone trying to argue that it isn't hot in Texas because the winters can have ice storms, or someone denying it's humid in Florida. It *IS* grey here. If it's sunny 2 days out of a month in winter, that doesn't mean there's occasional sunshine. 9 months is definitely an exaggeration, but 7 is not. Granted it's been an exceptionally rainy year this year, but here we are in June and it's still drizzling.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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one thing about the gray that people not from the wet northwest climes don't understand is that you don't miss the blue sky so much because UNDERNEATH the gray skies are rainbows of green.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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ummmmm... the op said 9, not 7...so 9 was in my retort.....
also, if you look, i did mention we get more rain/gray....and that there are many overcast days....
im not stuck in some PollyAnna state of mind where I think its sunny/clear the majority of the time...but I do (and I know there are others) notice the days/weeks/months where is is sunny/clear.
yes, people moving here need to be aware that our weather is very different than, oh, say Texas or New Mexico...that yes, as I said before, it is overcast here/rains more, than it does in many other states.
But people should also be able to hear the flip side of the coin, that it is NOT rain/gloom/gray/doom for 9 solid months. That they need to know, that just like in a broken relationship, some people can only see, and will exaggerate, the negatives where theyre not happy.
and didnt we just a few short weeks ago, break records for scorching hot days??
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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one thing about the gray that people not from the wet northwest climes don't understand is that you don't miss the blue sky so much because UNDERNEATH the gray skies are rainbows of green.
There are also rainbows of green in the southeast and they dont have grey skies. The NW isnt the only place with green trees.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: PDX
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John Shaft, you are perfectly logical but it is a losing battle. They will say something like, "of course our weather is different from Texas/Florida/New Mexico/Arizona/Florida" listing the sunniest places in the country to assist their argument. However, as posted on another thread recently, about 85% of the U.S. is sunnier than Portland. It's not only the sunniest places that are sunnier. It bothers some people and doesn't bother others, but the fact remains. Just because it doesn't bother you personally doesn't mean it isn't a fact. Stating the facts is not complaining - it's simply stating the facts.

P.S. Vitamin D is not a bad idea. But it won't help people like myself who enjoy the simple pleasure of spending time outdoors basking in sunlight as I garden, watch my son play, etc. It's a personal preference, and it's a big reason why I'm looking to relocate.
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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In the PNW the gloom can get to you. In New England the winters can get to you. In the South the hot humid summers can get to you. And so on. No place is perfect. You live where you live for more than the weather, I hope.

When the gloom and doom in Portland or Seattle got too much for me (not too often but there were times I just wanted to see the sun!), I'd schedule a trip over the mountains. High desert = lots of sunshine.
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:27 PM
 
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In the PNW the gloom can get to you. In New England the winters can get to you. In the South the hot humid summers can get to you. And so on. No place is perfect. You live where you live for more than the weather, I hope.

When the gloom and doom in Portland or Seattle got too much for me (not too often but there were times I just wanted to see the sun!), I'd schedule a trip over the mountains. High desert = lots of sunshine.
That bolded part seems to indicate that it can get really depressing there. Sorry, man.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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That bolded part seems to indicate that it can get really depressing there. Sorry, man.
It's no different from the mass exodus here in MA every Feb/Mar/April to Florida, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, etc., to escape the months and months of bone-chilling cold and snow. The difference is that it's a lot easier AND CHEAPER to drive over the mountains than it is to take a family of 5 on a Carribean vacation.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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Oh, okay. Cool.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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In the PNW the gloom can get to you. In New England the winters can get to you. In the South the hot humid summers can get to you. And so on. No place is perfect. You live where you live for more than the weather, I hope.
Very true. There will always be aspects of a city's climate/weather to complain about. Except maybe San Diego. But then, it's the obscenely high home prices that get to you...
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