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Old 06-28-2007, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I am looking for property in the central Willamette valley for two purposes:

1. summer escape from TX heat in August and Sept. Isn't the weather then relatively sunny, and usually under 80?

2. the property would be fulltime for my son who is moving back from HI to start an herb farm operation. Is it difficult to find semi-rural property which allows a small business operation in addition to a residence?

Thanks for any advice and info!
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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The lows are under 80 in the summer. The vast majority of the time the highs are in the 80s (upper 80s usually), and in the 90s and 100s for a sum total of about 10-15 days between July and October. And it isn't just relatively sunny--it's very sunny and dry as a bone.

Sorry, I can't speak to the real estate question very conclusively.

EDIT: Just to clarify, days with temps in the 90s and 100s sum up to about 10-15 in the summer (maybe 20 days during a hot year). There may also be about 10-15 days that are under 80. The rest of the time it's in the 80s.

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Old 06-30-2007, 09:02 AM
 
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My family has lived near Salem, in the Central Willamette Valley since the mid-19th Century-so I know what I'm talking about. Average highs for the warmest summer months, that is, July and August, are in the upper 70s F, however, it is not uncommon to have some days reaching 90F from early May through late September. In June and September, highs average in the lower 70s F, with lows in the mid to low 40s F. Summer nights are always cool, and have never beeen recorded above the upper 60s in this region-average lows are in the upper 40s-though there can be lows anywhere from around 32 F to 60 F. Rain is not unheard of either, and there have been numerous summers where rain and cloudiness has been observed during most of the time or during the entire time. Rain, however, is most frequent in June, and September, with August, often only receiving barely measurable precipitation. Cloudy, muggy days-that is , 70-85 F, are not out of the question either, and many cool, rainy days in the summertime turn sunny and humid and pleasant by midday-before the clouds close in again-usually during periods of thunderstorm activity. Often, there will be one or two weeks of cool, rainy weather in the shoulder months, with hgih tempts staying in th 60-70 F, anf low s in the 50-55 F. During hot dry spells, the temperature often drops significantly at night-it can be 95 F at day-and drop to 40 F by the early morning next day. Hot dry spells rarely last longer than a few days, and triple digit temperatures are uncommon. Indeed, the record high for Salem is 103 F. But, to be conclusive-yes, you can retreat to an overall, cool/warm, mild summer climate in the Central Willamette Valley. Hope that helps!
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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Here's some information about summer highs from the Oregon Climate Service (www.ocs.oregonstate.edu): (broken link)

Corvallis, Oregon State University, period of record 1971-2000:

Average number of days above 90F
May - 0.1
June - 0.9
July - 5.2
Aug - 5.3
Sep - 2.5
Oct - 0.1

Sum of the average number of days above 90 from May through Oct: 14.1

Of course, these are averages for that 30-year period, so there are cooler years and there are hotter years, naturally.
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