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Old 07-28-2015, 07:14 AM
 
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The first and last frost dates can vary wildly, so take any dates listed as a general rule and not as something you could set your watch by. Maine is known for it's erratic and sometimes extreme weather. Farmer's Almanac lists the last frost of the season as May 2 and the first as October 6, with only a 50% probability for each of those dates. Here's the link.

A/Cs are common in Portland, especially window units. Buildings open to the public (stores, restaurants, government buildings, theaters, etc.) will mostly all have central A/C. Most homes in Portland won't have central air unless it's new construction or the owners are wealthy.

Again, how often you'll use the A/C depends on how well you tolerate heat and humidity. I use it frequently at night during the summer, but more to combat the humidity than because the heat itself makes it necessary. I would say there are less than 15 days of the summer when I feel like it's necessary to have the A/C on during daytime hours, but that there are double that number of days when it would be more pleasant to have it on. Answers on this topic will be all over the place.

Like the issue of how early you turn on the heat/how long you keep it on, many Mainers hold off on using the A/C until it's intolerable without it. Mainers like to think of themselves as a rugged bunch (and we are!), and not needing heat at the first frost and not using the A/C until the height of the summer heat are demonstrations of our heartiness. For others, it's an economic issue.
you forget this one man:

when i see the weather info for portland i see half of each months in summer are totaly cloudy days! so i woundrr are summers in portland often cloudy with rain??????
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:59 AM
 
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you forget this one man:

when i see the weather info for portland i see half of each months in summer are totaly cloudy days! so i woundrr are summers in portland often cloudy with rain??????
It's not true that 50% of summer days are totally (mostly, I think you mean) cloudy, but it is probably true that 50% of summer days in Portland are at least partly cloudy. What you're probably looking at is the aggregate of partly cloudy, cloudy, and mostly cloudy days. Again, you need to remember that Maine weather can be somewhat erratic.

It's not unusual to start a summer day under clouds that clear into a beautiful blue sky by noon. It's also not unusual to have a gorgeous summer day end with a thunder and lightning storm. It's not unusual to have 2 or 3 days of overcast skies and light rain followed by 7 or 8 of near-constant sunshine. A midday sunshower isn't unusual. Any of the above can and do happen during Portland summers. If you're asking if it feels like it's constantly overcast and rainy, I would say no. But, keep in mind I grew up in Maine, so that's my frame of reference. Someone from Arizona or Florida might argue just the opposite because they're used to a lot more sunshine. You'll have to gauge it against what you're used to.

From what I could find, it looks like Portland is a lot less cloudy than Stockholm in the summer, and overall. Open both of those links for side-by-side comparisons. I think you'll find that Portland is warmer in the summer and colder in the winter than Stockholm, and that Portland gets less overall precipitation.
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:31 AM
 
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It's not true that 50% of summer days are totally (mostly, I think you mean) cloudy, but it is probably true that 50% of summer days in Portland are at least partly cloudy. What you're probably looking at is the aggregate of partly cloudy, cloudy, and mostly cloudy days. Again, you need to remember that Maine weather can be somewhat erratic.

It's not unusual to start a summer day under clouds that clear into a beautiful blue sky by noon. It's also not unusual to have a gorgeous summer day end with a thunder and lightning storm. It's not unusual to have 2 or 3 days of overcast skies and light rain followed by 7 or 8 of near-constant sunshine. A midday sunshower isn't unusual. Any of the above can and do happen during Portland summers. If you're asking if it feels like it's constantly overcast and rainy, I would say no. But, keep in mind I grew up in Maine, so that's my frame of reference. Someone from Arizona or Florida might argue just the opposite because they're used to a lot more sunshine. You'll have to gauge it against what you're used to.

From what I could find, it looks like Portland is a lot less cloudy than Stockholm in the summer, and overall. Open both of those links for side-by-side comparisons. I think you'll find that Portland is warmer in the summer and colder in the winter than Stockholm, and that Portland gets less overall precipitation.
In 54 years (statstic portland maine)
10 7 14
9 7 12
9 7 15
7 7 16
6 10 15





CLEAR partly cloudy OVERCAST (TOTALY CLOUDY
JUN 7 10 13
JUL 7 11 13
AUG 9 11 11






10 8 12
10 8 13
8 7 15
9 7 15

CLEAR partly cloudy cloudy
101 99 165


I think the summers in PORTLAND are around 500 hour more sunshine than stockholm BUT many partly and overcast days as stockholm!!!

but you say the portlanders dont use often HEATER in summers (jun-sept)???
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:54 AM
 
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I think the summers in PORTLAND are around 500 hour more sunshine than stockholm BUT many partly and overcast days as stockholm!!!

but you say the portlanders dont use often HEATER in summers (jun-sept)???
Heaters are not necessary during the summer. Even when it's overcast, it's only occasionally below 60 F (15.5 C). Stockholm is quite a bit farther north than Portland, so that may account for the differences in how day to day fluctuations need to be handled.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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It is very safe. Bayside and West Bayside, maybe Parkside, are probably areas you want to stay out if you're worried about safety
I just did some Googling... that's like half of Portland.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:09 PM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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Cumberland Avenue once east of the Franklin Arterial didn't seem so nice when I walked through there in July, heading towards Congress and Washington Streets, near the cemetery.
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:33 PM
 
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Opiate danger spikes in Portland with 14 overdoses in 24 hours - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

I had no idea that Portland had such a heroin problem... !?! Very disheartening, I love Portland, so this is sad to hear
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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love the pictures. I am in the other Portland. I have visited Maine it was quite a few years ago but every person i met and talked to was very nice. I had some one even explain how they were clam digging and let me try it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:12 AM
 
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What is life like in the winter there? Not just weatherwise, how do people live their lives through it? (I'm from Miami) I too am considering moving there. My best cousin came there after years of international living and ADORES IT . but she might just want me there to shovel her snow or something (jk) so I need unbiased input. Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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What is life like in the winter there? Not just weatherwise, how do people live their lives through it? (I'm from Miami) I too am considering moving there. My best cousin came there after years of international living and ADORES IT . but she might just want me there to shovel her snow or something (jk) so I need unbiased input. Thanks.
Spray and pray undercoating your car.

Wash the car off underneath at the end of each day hoping that the calcium chloride doesn't eat the steel. Your car needs to be closely guarded during snow season! Also get a car jack and put on snow tires for only the snow season.

Get an Ariens PRO (American motor), not Deluxe (Chinese motor). Make a collection of shear pins, they are toothpicks for slushy mowing. Watch the roof, otherwise it's cave-in time!

Carry a crowbar just in case the car door freezes shut and don't ride the curves on I-95 going 75.

Get 600-1000gram layer boots and wear 1-2 pairs of socks, layer up on clothing. Having cold or wet feet below ZERO won't be fun. Check weather reports every morning before leaving. Get some gloves for them hands!

(Inhales) I think that about covers it.
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