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Old 02-18-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Hi all,

Besides the similar names (Portland Maine/Oregon) and dense forests how similar is the Portland Oregon area to new england?

Thanks,
Frank
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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We are different, our winters are not nearly as cold.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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I think there are some similarities in that people are a little reserved, like New Englanders, and the feel of our downtown reminds me of towns in New England. The overcast days are similar and the Summer is similar except we don't have bugs( read: black flies) or mosiquito issues. The Summer days are longer and there is barely any humidity, unlike New England. Our Winters are twenty to thirty degrees warmer on average but you are pretty close to Mt. Hood for snow activities. Housing is similar in costs but heating costs are much lower here during Fall and Winter. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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The Summer days are longer ...


Summer day length is purely dependent on latitude. Portland and New England will be nearly the same, depending on where you are in New England.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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The summer days feel longer in Oregon because the sun goes down about a half hour later, but it comes up earlier in New England, more daylight at the end of the day makes it feel longer.

Oregon to me is more progressive than New England and not as focused on nationality, but that's just my take.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Portland, Maine feels older -- because it is, the town and the land/topography around it. (Gorgeous Arcadia Nat'l Park is fairly close.) Portland, OR, like the rest of the west, has bigger, newer, steeper mountains nearby. Volcanoes! The George! The town's buildings, even the oldest, are a few centuries newer than those in NE. Douglas Fir trees seem bigger to me, too. Both have great seafood, but P'land, Maine feels more "fisherman-y" since P'land, OR is farther inland.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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Oops, that would be "The Gorge." I suspect there are "George"s here, too, but that's not quite what I meant.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Gresham, OR
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Douglas Fir trees seem bigger to me, too.
It's no wonder, there are only two places in the world trees grow over 300' tall.. here and Australia.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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Summer day length is purely dependent on latitude. Portland and New England will be nearly the same, depending on where you are in New England.
Most of the New England states are more south than Maine and the OP asked about Portland, ME which is southern Maine. The Summer days there are shorter than Portland, OR.
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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Summer day length is purely dependent on latitude. Portland and New England will be nearly the same, depending on where you are in New England.
Not completely true, Your position in the time zone can make a pretty significant difference in length or day light, or more accurately, when it actually gets dark.
The Eastern Time zone is really big. Good difference between Long Island and Indiana

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Portland, OR also falls north of almost all of new england (save the top half of Maine).
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