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Old 02-25-2010, 03:17 PM
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Hello all,

Im sure you have been asked this many times, but I am very curious about the weather . Currently, my family and I live in Wisconsin, where I go to college. We have lived here for about 18 years.

The weather has pushed us to the brink. From October to March it doesn't reach above 40 degrees. From November to February it doesn't reach above 25. In December and January it doesn't get about 10, and usually hovers around 0. The streets, the pavements, sidewalks etc are covered in ice. The snow causes horrible delays, accidents, and makes it unbearable to go outside, many times. Shoes and cars are worn out twice as fast, cough drops and Kleenex are gone through like hot cakes.

Its currently 25 degrees. We are excited, as this is considered heat wave. I'm not kidding.

This has made my family to consider moving elsewhere. We thought about the south (too hot, and conservative ), so thats a no go.

We are considering the Portland area (not in the city, a suburb, a small town outside Portland; do people live on any surrounding islands?).

My questions to you are with regards to the seasons, take whichever one you want and run with it.

1) Spring (March-Late April) - Wisconsin is bipolar. One day it will snow, the next day it will rain. Usually hovers around 40 degrees. How does the Portland area compare?

2) Summer - (Mid May-Early Sept) Wisconsin is hot and muggy around 85-90. And the MOSQUITOES are terrible. If not, then 60s and raining. I would prefer a stability of around 70-80 and sunny. Does the Portland area provide this?

2) Fall -(Mid Sept-Mid October) The shortest "season" is also one of the nicest. 55-75 and Sunny. Very nice, but can get very cold, very quickly.

3) Winter - (End Oct- Mid March) Thats right, 6 months. From October to March it doesn't reach above 40 degrees. From November to February it doesn't reach above 25. In December and January it doesn't get about 10, and usually hovers around 0. Throw in a few feet of snow (that doesn't leave) and ice, and thats winter.

I'm interested in how the Portland area compares to WI in each season (or whichever you pick). For instance, is it true that it rains "all the time?" or just in the winter? Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you!!
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:30 PM
Location: Portland, OR
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Badger Born and Bred:

IMHO, Parts of Portland are very similar to Madison, WI in feel and street flavor. Or at least when I was there in Madison pre 1980. You will hear a lot about Portland's Hawthorne st, think of it as State Street with out the Campus and Capital at each end.

Try this NOAA site for official stats:
National Weather Service - NWS Portland
select Monthly Weather Summary, Select City, then Archive Data month over last year.

Note the days of clear sky, Partly Cloudy and Cloudy. Note the amount of rain fall.
You will notice that there are few days with the Temp drops below 32 during the nite.
July, August, September, and October are just down right Awesome. Period.
Look for number of days with rain accumulation less than 0.10 inches. That means light drizzle rain.

Look up Season Acquired Dysfunction SAD caused by lack of natural production of Vitamin D, and so on and so forth. Just be aware of it.

BTW: Portland has wonderful local IPA produced beer. The only problem is working off the calories.

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Old 02-25-2010, 09:26 PM
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Hey Badger - Winter in Portland is like winter in the South, say Tennessee or Arkansas except it rains A LOT MORE! It snows very little, maybe just one or two times a winter about an inch or three and it melts quickly. The highs in winter range from the 40's to 50's mostly. No day after day of sub-freezing temps like you have, but absolutely day after day after day of rain. If there was a sunbreak, it felt like an event! The summers are great though. There is about a 10-12 week period in summer where it hardly rains at all - enjoy it while it lasts, because....it won't last. The sun doesn't go down until near 10pm in summer! That was great. There is some humidity in summer, but not bad. We moved there from Southern California. They don't like Cali peeps too much up there, and we absolutely could not take the 9 months of rain year after year and moved back to SoCal. Western Oregon is beautiful and there would be a lot of ops for outdoor adventures if it didn't rain so much. They do everything in the rain and its a way of life. Kids sports....all done in the rain. Camping.....rain doesn't stop them. Carrying an umbrella....that's how they know you're not from there. They wear lots of dark colors....I guess they're influenced by the grey skies all the time. I don't know, maybe the rain would be an okay trade off for you for all the cold weather and snow. We lived in the midwest for 3 years and couldn't take that either. It seems 3 years is about all many that move to Portland can take if they're from a warmer sunnier climate before moving on to someplace sunnier. Northern Cali peeps do much better than Southern Cali peeps up there. They certainly march to the beat of a different drummer and if your progressively liberal in your politics you'll love the almost Socialist Republic of Oregon.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:13 PM
Location: Portland, OR
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Good answer, ceeglass! I live in Portland, have run screaming from it many times, and couldn't have answered it better myself. If I could afford SoCal, I would be there in a second.
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