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Old 01-23-2007, 09:39 PM
 
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How bad is the wind in these areas? Are there times during the year when there is sustained strong winds for days/weeks at a time? (referring to 40mph plus).
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:18 PM
 
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No. Both Grants Pass and Eugene are in river valleys with mountains on either side. They have some of the lowest average wind velocities in the nation (I think Roseburg probably is the lowest). Visitors from Colorado and the Midwest often remark about how still the air seems.
There are storm winds that can exceed 70 mph in unusually powerful winter cells coming off the Pacific, but the major brunt of these storms is absorbed by the Coast Range. In rare cases, the RRV can become a wind tunnel, but this is not something that would be sustained for more than a few hours.
If you look up these cities on the main site, you will find a weather graphic that compares average wind velocities for those cities to the national average.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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I concur with above. If someone wanted wind, they would like the Columbia Gorge area, places like Troutdale, Cascade Locks or Hood River. They get plenty of wind. Hood River even has become something of a "Mecca" for sailboarding, kitesurfing and the like because of the regularity and strength of the wind it receives.
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