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Old 08-17-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Hi,

Can anyone provide insight on how the weather in Portland compares to that of Ireland?

I currently live in California and am keen to relocate to Portland (employment permitting). Born and raised in Ireland for 20+ years I have plenty experience of rain all year round.

How does Portland compare? I've visited several times but weather was beautiful so I didn't get a sense of the dull/rainy-days that I know occur during the non-summer months.

Thanks.
Evelyn
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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My friend and her siblings grew up in Ireland. She's told me that the weather is very similar here in Portland area compared to Ireland, albeit a bit more rain there. Her mom, who lives in the Pacific NW too, says the weather is "just like home."

You may not have gotten a sense of rainy days during your visits, but rest assured, we have them.

Sorry I have no personal experience to share with you, just info from my friends.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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The difference between Ireland and Portland is Portland is more or less guranteed to have nice weather from about June til September. There is a 3 or 4 month stretch here where the weather is perfect. In Ireland the summer is still very much rainy and gloomy.

However, starting in October til May or June the weather is very much similar here. Rain rain, rain, gloom and not a very high chance of seeing the sun.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:28 PM
 
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The Oregon Coast in the winter could be more comparable to Ireland.. The highest temp ever recorded in Ireland was 33.6 C, which is only about 92 F. We get higher temps than that commonly in the summer in Portland--it was over 105 F a few weeks ago. And you can always gets periods of good weather in the fall and spring, despite the fact that it can be grey and rainy fairly commonly, I usually hike and camp comfortably around Portland well into October. But Ireland is colder and grayer on average than Portland due to its more northern latitude and coastal influence.

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Old 08-17-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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Does Portland get rainbows all the time like Ireland does? I've never seen one when I've visited Portland, but when I was in Ireland, I saw one several times a week - sometimes double rainbows, and sometimes more than one a day!
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Yes, I see rainbows more frequently here than anywhere else I've lived, and double rainbows occasionally.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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We also have a high incidence of Leprachauns in Portland..although gentrification has greatly reduced their numbers.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Oceanside and Chehalem Mtns.
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Does Portland get rainbows all the time like Ireland does?
Yes, and they're very impressive at times. However I still haven't found the pot of gold
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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The Oregon and Washington coasts are probably by far the most similar to Ireland's climate of all places in the USA. Presumably this is because they're both on eastern coasts of major oceans, at relatively similar latitudes. Though Portland is more inland, and summers are much hotter than Ireland, at least the high temps are. Low temps are more similar, and mid winter temperatures are very similar. Portland gets twice as much winter rain as Dublin, while much less summer rain.

Climatology Comparison for Portland, OR - weather.com

Both get very little sun in mid winter -- most of the USA gets far more winter sun than the Pac Northwest and Northern Europe. Though Portland gets significantly more sunshine in spring, summer, and fall. I don't have links for sunlight data, but I viewed stats on this recently (and wrote down notes for various cities worldwide)
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I am Irish also. Grew up in the Boston area but my entire family is from the Cork and the Skibbereen area. I would say that at least the Cork area is warmer in winter than Portland. Its about the same with the rain and overcast days in Ireland as in Portland. Both places are definitely damp and wet, but I find Ireland can be much foggier in winter than Portland seems to be. Portland can hold its own on the fog also especially near the airport.

As far as summer goes the winner would be Portland, it can and does usually get very hot for a part of the summer. However summer seems very short here compared to the east coast of the USA. We are about to have some very hot days this week. The 107 we had several weeks ago was really to much. I have never seen Ireland with this type of heat when I have been there during summer months. In fact I think its just about an impossibility to have these high temps in Ireland.

So your experience with the rain and clouds of Ireland, will certainly come in handy living in Oregon. Good Luck with your move.
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