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Old 04-01-2014, 10:41 AM
 
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I've seen conflicting stats. London is said to get fewer sunshine hours than Portland/Seattle/Vancouver but I've also seen stats that suggest there is more overcast in the Pacific Northwest and that England has more sun, especially if you consider partly cloudy weather as counting for sun. It seems like the PNW is more all or nothing and has more total gloom or complete sun, while the UK tends to run the gamut more.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:23 AM
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The PNW gets more sun overall, but the winters are sunnier in the UK. You are more likely to go longer without seeing the sun in the PNW, as well as seeing more completely clear summer days. The south coast of England is as sunny as Vancouver or Seattle.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:26 AM
 
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The PNW gets more sun overall, but the winters are sunnier in the UK. You are more likely to go longer without seeing the sun in the PNW, as well as seeing more completely clear summer days. The south coast of England is as sunny as Vancouver or Seattle.
Seattle gets 2170 hours a year and nearby Victoria gets 2193 hours.. Quite a bit sunnier than anywhere in the UK
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:29 AM
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The south coast of the UK such as Bognor Regis, Portsmouth or Shanklin, get between 1900 to 1950 hours and are often over 2000 hours. Vancouver gets about 1950 hours and Seattle gets 2170 'inflated' hours.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:42 AM
 
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I think the high latitude inflates the number of sun hours because the summer is relatively clear in both regions (but especially in the PNW) and it doesn't get dark until 9 or even 10 PM.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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Is there anything like this for the PNW?

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Old 04-01-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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The south coast of the UK such as Bognor Regis, Portsmouth or Shanklin, get between 1900 to 1950 hours and are often over 2000 hours. Vancouver gets about 1950 hours and Seattle gets 2170 'inflated' hours.
The 2193 hours in Victoria are not inflated though. Victoria had 433 hours last July. I bet that no place in the UK has ever had that much sunshine in a month. Actually, I don't know that any place in the United States has even gotten this much sun a month either.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:53 AM
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Vancouver gets more sun every month than London even in winter. Summers are much sunnier:

Climate of Vancouver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Difference might be the PNW might shift more from completely clear to cloudy in stretches rather than quick back and forth. This current Seattle forecast doesn't look too bad:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...1#.Uzr9H-19--4
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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The 2193 hours in Victoria are not inflated though. Victoria had 433 hours last July. I bet that no place in the UK has ever had that much sunshine in a month. Actually, I don't know that any place in the United States has even gotten this much sun a month either.
Not even close for us, 383.9 hours in Eastbourne in July 1911 is still the record. What are the averages for the duller places in the PNW (allowing for loss of horizon)? Kinlochewe is our lowest with 898 hours, which "really" is probably 1000-1100.

Lowest on record is 695 hours in Fort Augustus in 1933 (in the Scottish Highlands, so probably not a full horizon); highest on record is 2237 hours in Bognor Regis (on the English south coast) in 1990.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:02 PM
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Not even close for us, 383.9 hours in Eastbourne in July 1911 is still the record. What are the averages for the duller places in the PNW (allowing for loss of horizon)? Kinlochewe is our lowest with 898 hours, which "really" is probably 1000-1100.
Nothing close, but the latitude is much lower than Scotland. Buckets of rain though:

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