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Thursday Thirteen Ed.#130: 13 things about Portlanders and the weather

January 30th, 2008

Dear Thursday 13ers and Usual Suspects,

Here is a weather update from Portland, Oregon, where it rains most of the time. People somehow cannot deal, in spite of the fact that it always rains. Well, except for (sometimes) part of July, (usually) most of August and (often) into September. And (once in awhile) we get October. The first two weeks in October, at least. Then back to Your Rain Channel.

New Yorkers: “It rains just as much in New York, inch-wise. It’s just all at once.”
me: “I do not think so.”

The weather! It is baffling!

This, in spite of the fact that Oregon, She is Constant. She is Constantly Raining. Except in the desert, where it is drought, and the people, they are all, “Again with the drought? Why does God hate us? We could use some of your Portland rain.” Etc.

Portlanders, they start to think, starting around now (end of January) maybe the rain will let up? Maybe? So our conversations go like this…

1. You think it’s going to keep raining?

2. Wow, it’s raining really hard!

3. It’s not raining that bad.

4. Did the weathermen say snow? Do you think it will really snow? I mean, a lot?

5. Do you think they’ll close the schools?

6. Do you think we’ll get a snow day?

7. Do you think it will be freezing rain, instead of snow?

8. I hate the freezing rain, don’t you? It’s so scary! How the roads get all icy? It’s hard to drive in.

9. It’d be nice to get some sun.

10. Maybe over spring break?

11. Geez, people here really don’t know how to drive in the weather.

12. I mean, I can handle it. But other people really do not know how to drive in the weather.

13. It didn’t rain that much today.


  1. Gattina says

    I could have written the same, lol ! In Belgium you don’t have feet but flippers it also rains all the time !

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  2. Vixen says

    You make me laugh. I need a good laugh. People in SoCal are stupid. They can’t drive in rain. Not a single little drop. I am screaming at them all the time…I drove in snow for 18 years!!! Rain is easy.

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  3. Nicholas says

    In Florida rain is brief and very intense, almost every day during the summer. And most people don’t know how to drive in it!

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  4. Mallory says

    Here in Oregon, we don’t tan. We mildew.

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  5. Chelle Y. says

    Haha. That sounds like some things people here in California would say. Well, with the exception of the snow comment. We do not get snow in this part of California.

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  6. Chris says

    Fun list, we say most of those in Seattle as well. Happy TT!

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  7. Helene says

    It seems to be raining in the SF bay area as much as it does in Portland these days!!! And I have to admit, even after 10 years, I’m still guilty of saying or thinking “What’s with this rain?”

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  8. pussreboots says

    I could have written the same about here. Happy TT.

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  9. Kristi says

    I live across the river in Washington…still in the rain.
    I enjoy the rain. Last week when the sun was shining all I could think about was how horribly dirty my windows all looked! I prefer the dreary gray days…my house seems much cleaner that way! :)

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  10. Kirsten says

    OMG! Looking out my window into the rainy, cold Portland streets this morning, lets just say that I feel you. Which is why I just got back from 3 weeks in Mexico. I will do anything to avoid the rain if only for a little while.


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