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Old 12-23-2009, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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From my experience, there are very few days where the sun does not come out. Sure, it rains sometimes, but then the sun comes out. Or sometimes, like this morning, the sun comes out on the morning, then the fog creeps in, then light rain comes later. My point being, I can not remember a single time in the last 1.5 years that it rained for several days straight...as is often claimed when people describe Eugene weather.

As for the comment about having to put the lights on at noon...I think it depends on where you live in the hills. There are some houses in south Eugene that are situated in a shady section of the hills, and I could imagine them having to turn on the lights at noon. I purposely avoided this when selecting my house, so I can say for sure that I have never had to turn on lights at noon. Not once.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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Great description gmattie!
Darkness, which is governed by latitude and cloudiness, is by far the worst part of winter here.
We're recently arrived from London UK, and Eugene gets more than an hour of extra daylight every day in comparison, so the reduction in darkness is a bonus.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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We're recently arrived from London UK, and Eugene gets more than an hour of extra daylight every day in comparison, so the reduction in darkness is a bonus.
Welcome, Englishman! Have you been to the coast, yet?
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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We're recently arrived from London UK, and Eugene gets more than an hour of extra daylight every day in comparison, so the reduction in darkness is a bonus.
Eugene sunrise and sunset for every single day of the entire year -

Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year

That was from, the US Naval Observatory (This is a Second Link, Same Title):

Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year

This web site is very helpful for travelers, camping, hiking, etc. However, the absolute time period of "dusk" varies by the season, and must also be accounted for, along with cloud conditions . . . etc . . .
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:29 PM
 
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I do remember it raining for several days in a row (with short breaks) while living in Corvallis. That was depressing!
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:23 AM
 
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I do remember it raining for several days in a row (with short breaks) while living in Corvallis. That was depressing!
...says the guy from Alaska.



It has been very foggy with temperatures around 30-40 the last week but with very little rain. Winters in Eugene are not that bad on any given day, but they drag on way too long with way too little to break the monotony.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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It's cold today! And drizzly and gray. I still have hummingbirds at our feeder, though. We're taking the Christmas decorations down, and I've got a chicken smothered in herbs and butter roasting in the oven... smells good.

Maybe it's just me, but I'm beginning to really like the gray days. I'm still not fond of the cold... but I never was. I'm from Texas and there we had a lot more ice to deal with than we've ever had here. Here for the most part it's just cold and wet, muddy and mossy. I love the glow, though.... when the sky is like this... the light is all diffused and the water droplets sparkle. I think it's beautiful... and I'd be out in it except I'm a wimp in the cold.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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Officially, Eugene has 209 cloudy days per year, but this doesn't mean that the sun doesn't poke thru from time to time...and it doesn't rain on nearly all those days. Winters are mild with nothing
to block the winter rainstorms coming off the Pacific, but starting in April through May there are a number of sunny days between rains. There's generally lots of sun in June (though they do have
occasional rainy and cloudy days), but July and August are nearly perfect with September and October having predominantly sunny, warm days. It's not Arizona, but it's not southern Alaska, either.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:11 AM
 
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Winters are mild with nothing
to block the winter rainstorms coming off the Pacific
If Eugene's weather is intolerable, keep in mind that Ashland - 19" of rain per year, and much more sunshine, due to the Siskiyous blocking winter storms. Bend, Oregon, about 12" - another option.

This year, Oregon is dry and warm, due to the effects of El Nino:

http://www.mycentraloregon.com/news/local/news_detail.php?ID=783231 (broken link)

Oregon Climate Service, George Taylor, Oregon State University, Climate For All Oregon Cities:

http://www.ocs.orst.edu/page_links/climate_data_zones/climate_oregon.html (broken link)
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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We really don't need weathermen here There are just a few options.
Sunny (shorts and flip flops)
Sunny with a chance of rain (shorts and flip flops with a light hoodie)
Cloudy with a chance of rain (jeans and a hoodie)
Cloudy with a chance of sun (shorts and a hoodie)
Really Cold (30 degrees for us means bundle up)

I love our summers, enjoy our autumns, and suffer through our rainy cold winters for the fantastic display that spring brings.
With the spring cherry trees blossoms, daffodils, crocus', grape hyacinths, green grass between your toes and blue sky above the parks become positively crowded from all the Eugenians being cooped up all winter.
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