Weather In Oregon

I have lived in most areas in the state of Oregon at some point in my life. And one thing that I know is that the weather is very different depending on where you live.

People have a view of Oregon as being gray and rainy.  While that is true for the majority of the population of Oregon, that’s because the majority of Oregon’s population live the in the Willamette Valley.

So I’m going to break the state into a few general areas, and give a couple of stats for the differences in the weather. You will find that I believe the Rogue Valley has the best weather in the state. However, my daughter lives in Eugene, and thinks the weather there is the best. But she cannot stand the sun, or warm weather. So that is true for her.

To me the Willamette Valley is too grey and wet. Bend and east of the Cascades is too cold in the winter. Funny thing is that Central Oregon is considered to be very sunny, but the Rogue Valley has more days of full sunshine. That actually surprise me a little.

Rogue Valley (Ashland, Medford, Central Point).  In town properties. With the radical elevation differences, there are variations if you get into the mountains, but overall the houses are located in the valley.

  1. Average Rainfall per year:  24 Inches

  2. Average Days of Full Sunshine: 113

  3. Average High Temperature July:  85

  4. Average Low Temperature January:  29

Adorable little toddler girl having fun with umbrella in yellow rain boots and umbrella in summer park.

Grants Pass  (just 30 miles up I-5 and their motto is “It’s the Climate”)

  1. Average Rainfall per year:  37.5 Inches

  2. Average Days of Full Sunshine: 104

  3. Average High Temperature July:  84

  4. Average Low Temperature January:  31

Portland Metro

  1. Average Rainfall per year:  45 Inches

  2. Average Days of Full Sunshine: 67

  3. Average High Temperature July:  75

  4. Average Low Temperature January:  36

Bend

  1. Average Rainfall per year:  9 Inches  (But also 31 inches of snow which is rare in the other areas)

  2. Average Days of Full Sunshine: 83

  3. Average High Temperature July:  80

  4. Average Low Temperature January:  20

Oregon Coast  (Actually I’m taking this from Florence which is middle of the state. But compares to all of the Oregon Coast)

  1. Average Rainfall per year:  85 Inches

  2. Average Days of Full Sunshine: 68

  3. Average High Temperature July:  72

  4. Average Low Temperature January:  36

Southern Oregon Drought?

Seems like every couple of years we have a winter that just doesn’t really show up. Although in my time in Southern Oregon, never quite as missing as this. Don’t get me wrong, we had a long cold snap in December, and the valley floor got and kept more snow on the ground than any time in my memory.

However, the snow in the mountains has been missing. A whole year is probably going to pass without Mt.Ashland opening.

But invariably, a wet spring follows a dry winter here. And the signs of that are happening. But if you have the question “is that enough rain?”, then here are the 2 websites I like to go to to see how we are fairing in the water for summer department.

The first is the Bureau of Reclamation  page that shows how full our Southern Oregon reservoirs are. At the time of my writing of this, Howard and Hyatt are both at 55% and Emigrant is at 43%. But follow that link to see where those levels are on the day you are reading this.

The second is how much snow is there at Crater Lake. The National Park Service puts out a daily bulletin with snow accumulation current and average.  That report can be found here.  As of the writing of this we are at 43% of average snow depth for this time of year.

So that all being said, the spring rain that is forecasted to be coming through the area this week is hopefully wet and can make up for the dry January.

Southern Oregon turns Gray

I just wanted to make one quick rant about the weather we are having in Southern Oregon this year. (And had last year too I suppose.)

What is up with the extended gray days? Is this a new weather pattern that is going to continue for the next decade? I remember back in the late 70’s when I lived in Klamath Falls that we used to get a lot of snow in the winter that stuck on the ground for a long time. Then in the next couple of decades, that all seemed to change.

It seems like there are definite cycles we get into. I might attribute it in part to our geography. Ashland seems to be at a line in the weather pattern. There is a definite difference in weather patterns starting 15 miles North, and 15 miles South. So any small change in the atmosphere may be more prominent here than in other locations.

But let me say I sincerely hope that this is the last of these long winter/spring years we have in a while. It is bad for the garden, and it seems to make everyone just a little down.

Every month we put an ad for our Ashland Property Listings in the Sneak Preview newspaper with a message. Something like “Homes are Affordable, It’s a Great Time to Buy” or “April Showings bring May Closings”…..

We try to be a little clever, or a little informative. (If they let me have the full say, we would be a whole lot sillier).

This month we joked in the office that maybe the message should be “Tired of the Weather? We can sell you house so you can move somewhere warm”. But the boss didn’t think that was the message we should send out. I think it would have made a bunch of people smile…but…..guess it was a no go.

Okay, enough of the whining. It is very green and beautiful here still, and I haven’t had to turn on the sprinkler system at my house yet. So I’ll just dose up on some more Vitamin D. Besides, it gives me more time to sit and learn how to use my new computer. Video editing, podcasting, and regular updates to my blog, website and social media sites.

Cheers…..

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Ashland Weather Compared to Bend Weather

 

The biggest difference is the temperature…and the low temp in Bend is makes it unbearably cold to me at night in all but the summer months. The averages are only about 5 degrees difference, but look at the charts for the extremes. The exteme low on record for Ashland is -5 degrees, where in Bend the extreme low is about -25 degrees.

 

ashland extremesASHLAND, OREGON (350304)

Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary

Period of Record : 7/ 1/1892 to 4/30/2009

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max. Temperature (F) 46.4 51.9 56.6 63.0 70.3 77.8 86.8 85.9 78.6 66.8 53.5 46.2 65.3
Average Min. Temperature (F) 29.9 32.0 33.8 36.8 42.0 47.3 51.8 51.1 45.5 39.3 34.2 30.5 39.5
Average Total Precipitation (in.) 2.66 2.04 1.97 1.52 1.54 0.99 0.38 0.44 0.83 1.56 2.79 3.07 19.78
Average Total SnowFall (in.) 3.5 2.4 1.8 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.2 11.1
Average Snow Depth (in.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

bend extremes

 

BEND, OREGON (350694)

Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary

Period of Record : 4/ 1/1901 to 4/30/2009

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max. Temperature (F) 40.9 45.3 51.0 58.3 65.8 72.9 82.8 81.8 73.6 63.4 49.5 41.7 60.6
Average Min. Temperature (F) 21.5 24.0 26.3 29.6 35.2 40.9 45.5 44.3 38.0 32.0 27.2 22.8 32.3
Average Total Precipitation (in.) 1.78 1.19 0.88 0.67 0.98 0.91 0.49 0.45 0.45 0.72 1.51 1.86 11.90
Average Total SnowFall (in.) 10.6 5.6 3.4 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 3.5 8.3 33.4
Average Snow Depth (in.) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

 

 

Next time on compare Oregon Weather, we will look at the difference in cloud cover between Ashland and Portland.

 

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