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Old 09-11-2014, 11:39 AM
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My husband and I are considering relocating from Santa Fe NM to Corvallis or possibly Philomath Oregon. Based on my weather research, it appears that Philomath gets 67 inches of rain annually - 25 more than Corvallis even though it's only 5 miles away! I'm intrigued with Philomath, but that seems like a lot of rain to contend with. Bottom line, if it's raining, it's raining! More important is how the annual number of sunny days compare. Can't seem to find this info anywhere! Does anyone know? Also, if anyone has feedback on the community feel of both places that would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:59 PM
Location: Winter nightime low 60,summer daytime high 85, sunny 300 days/year, no hablamos ingles aquí
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The additional 25'' of rain for Philomath compared with Corvallis is almost certainly incorrect.

Both places are just a few miles apart, and they are located on the same plain - Willamette Valley.
The weather systems (rain) typically moves from the Pacific, dumps most of the precipitation on the west side of the Coast Range mountains, and the leftovers (plenty of it) fall on Willamette Valley and the western slopes of Cascade Mountains.
I'd be very surprised if there was any statistically significant difference between Philomath and Corvallis weather.

As far as number of sunny days, well between July and September almost every single day is sunny. October is typically a mix of sun and rain. November through approximately April are overwhelmingly cloudy and rainy, with only occasional sun breaks. May and June are often unpredictable - some years the rain continues, some others weather turns noticeably nicer.

I'd take Santa Fe climate over Willamette Valley climate without hesitation (but not necessarily the city of Santa Fe itself)
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:59 PM
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Marilynn J - my family is considering a move to the Willamette Valley. We've been in the Midwest for 6 years, but were in Santa Fe for 4 years before that. I loved much about Santa Fe, but right now we need to educate our kiddos, and returning to Santa Fe doesn't feel like the best place to do that. I'd be interested to hear your story, and what you've found in your research. We are headed to Oregon in the next month to do a second round of interviews in Beaverton, Eugene and Corvallis.
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:07 PM
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Corvallis has one of the best educational systems in the country and one of the highest educated populations! Santa Fe's is 48th - do not educate your children here! My husband teaches math at the community college here in SF and is always appalled at their lack of education! It's quite pathetic.

As for my research, I just googled Corvallis and you can get all kinds of data. Good luck!
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